[Column] Hans van Linschoten: Data sovereignty in Africa, why you should care

African businesses are currently making massive investments in things like machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and are using cloud and virtualized infrastructure to enhance service delivery.

Talking with industry leaders and experts across the continent, one thing is clear, they’re making these investments because they want to adopt the flexibility and benefits of the cloud.

The cloud services sector in Africa might be in its early stages of development, but the impact is already far-reaching. Large firms are using compute capabilities and AWS database to transform how they reach a predominantly mobile and digital customer base. A number of African cloud-native startups are also leveraging the cloud to disrupt the entire industry.

There is significant potential in the growing African cloud market where an estimated $2 billion is being spent in cloud this year. This, together with all cloud related businesses happening in Africa, tells you how much businesses can benefit from cloud.

Even as this happens, there’s one concern that cannot be ignored when it comes to matters of cloud; the physical location of data centers. This is because data sovereignty is a crucial factor in many countries.

Data sovereignty is the concept that digital data is subject to the laws of the country in which it is processed. Data stored in Uganda for example falls under Uganda’s privacy laws (The Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019), as well as data that flows within its borders.

With the increase in Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud storage services in recent years, their use often entails cross-border data transfers, which can result in major compliance challenges for users and even the providers. Once your data travels outside of a country’s borders it becomes subject to the law(s) of the land in which it is stored.

The main concern associated with data sovereignty is maintaining privacy regulations and keeping foreign countries from being able to sub open data. This here is the very reason why African businesses need to care.

This can be a complex legal issue that has the capacity to affect organizations worldwide.  For example, we can have a Kenyan cloud service provider that has its main office including accounting, sales and marketing and even operations in Uganda while their customer service call center is in Germany. This implication here is that certain personal information about accounts must be sent to Germany in order for them to contact clients and provide support. If Germany’s Privacy Principles (APP) stipulate that the cloud provider must disclose what information is being sent out of Germany, then there’s the potential for an organization’s personal data to be sub opened by a foreign government. In some countries like Indonesia, regulators stipulate that financial data cannot be stored outside the country without approval. 

There are clear regulations which we cannot run away from and need to be observed. Most established organizations I engage with that are actively embracing cloud, care deeply about where their data resides. Some African banks already have regulations requiring financial data to be stored in their countries and this is a good starting point.

Bottom line, having data in the cloud offers many benefits; it allows for easier flow of information and for safe and easy remote backup of files and data and in many cases, saves cost.

African developers and organizations should see this as an opportunity to tap into local cloud solutions to ensure data sovereignty is observed.  The more data sovereignty we have in Africa, the better protected Africans are by African privacy laws and the less reliance there is on internet infrastructure from outside.

Hans van Linschoten is the founding partner of Imprimatur Capital Africa and CEO of afriQloud

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[South Africa] Teraco to invest $71 million in expansion of its data center campus to respond to growing cloud uptake

In its largest infrastructure build project to date, Africa’s neutral data center provider has announced that it will be expanding the Teraco Isando Campus (JB1).

 Increased demand for additional data centre capacity is being driven by cloud uptake and enterprise organisations wanting to access the Teraco platform.

The expansion will occur in two phases. Phase 1, currently underway, will grow the facility by 2 000 cabinets bringing the total JB1 Campus capacity to 5 700.

Total usable floor space will increase by 4 000 square meters, expanding to a total of 12 000 square meters across the data centre campus. The anticipated ready for service date is in Q3 2019.

A total of 60MW of power will be reticulated to the site addressing requirements for further expansion after Phase 1 has been completed. The total power available to the Isando Campus will now reach 80MW.

Jan Hnizdo, Chief Financial Officer, Teraco says that he sees continued demand for Teraco’s services given the unique business model and secular growth trends as the African continent continues to digitally transform. The Teraco Campus expansion follows on from the recently launched Riverfields hyper-scale data centre facility in Bredell.

Hnizdo says that funding for the build is via a combination of internally generated funds and enlarging existing debt facilities from R1.2bn to R1.8bn. “Our debt funding partners, Absa, continue to be highly supportive of our business model and are key partners in Teraco’s growth strategy”.

Teraco’s offering to clients of resilient data centre facilities allows for a choice of over 300 telco’s providing connectivity to Africa and the lowest latency interconnection points to cloud and content.

Hnizdo says that with the recent announcements of direct interconnection availability to the major cloud onramps such as Amazon Web Services Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Teraco has seen a growing uptake driven by the enterprise market.

“The Teraco platform allows enterprises to have direct private connections to all the leading cloud providers in the most latency efficient and resilient manner possible. Enterprises can deploy their public, private and hybrid cloud strategies from the Teraco platform which allows for complete freedom of choice from a cloud provider perspective, as well as significantly reducing the time and cost for enterprises to access these cloud platforms”.

Over the past decade, Teraco has focused on growing its ecosystems of telco, content, financial services, enterprise and service providers. Its offering is underpinned by providing clients with direct access to Africa’s largest Internet exchange, NAPAfrica, which includes all the benefits of interconnection via the Teraco platform.

Hnizdo says that Teraco is committed to growing its capacity footprint across its core hubs, thereby ensuring that clients have certainty and the flexibility of expansion to take part in the digital transformation that is happening across sub-Saharan Africa:

“Teraco continues to invest significantly into the region’s ICT infrastructure and has built what is now Africa’s largest data centre. We take pride in our vendor-neutral offering, with open access to interconnection and world class resilient data centre infrastructure for all our clients”.

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[Column] Gerhard Fourie: Streamlining data management in a multi-cloud environment

Many organizations find themselves in a situation where they have multiple clouds to manage. This often results from using numerous Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions.

Moreover, the cloud is fast becoming the preferred method of delivery for an ever-increasing range of services and solutions across the globe. However, a multi-cloud environment vastly increases the complexity of data management, especially when data resides in various clouds both public and private in a number of different countries. To prevent costs from spiraling and loss of control over data, it is essential to reduce this complexity. Streamlining data management is more important than ever in a multi-cloud environment.

More clouds, more complexity

Cloud service providers are rapidly expanding their geographies, driven by requirements for reduced latency and data sovereignty. The result is an increasing number of places where data could potentially be stored. This is further complicated by the various data governance regulations around the world, which have an impact on data management.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) pushed out by the European Union has had the most significant impact. This regulation has effectively forced organizations to understand what data they have and where they are keeping it. South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act has similar requirement.

Essentially people want transparency and accountability from organizations around their personal data. While there are penalties for improper data collection and handling, the reputational damage that could result from data mismanagement is the biggest risk factor. Knowledge is key. Enterprises must have a handle on what data they have, how they should classify it, how sensitive it is, and where they are storing it. Multi-cloud environments compound this challenge, as data can be more difficult to manage when it resides across multiple public and private cloud platforms as well as on premises.

Siloes and security concerns

In an effort to remove data siloes, data management became increasingly centralized. Now, with the emergence of multi-cloud environments, the challenge has once again reared its head. Data has once again become decentralized, and with it the potential for siloes of information. The ease of obtaining cloud solutions means that often business units will simply ‘buy’ a new tool without informing IT. With each department having its own systems and services, there is once again a lack of single view of the customer. These systems may not be part of the organizational backup and recovery strategy, leaving data vulnerable.

Security also remains a challenge. While every cloud is secure, as cloud vendors stake their reputation on delivering secure infrastructure, it is the responsibility of a business to secure the workloads, data and applications that are being stored in the cloud. It is essential to understand where data could be exposed, and ensure that data is protected at rest, in transit and in storage. It is essential to examine infrastructure, solutions and data across the board to ensure that various clouds, their data, are included in management strategy.

Leveraging the benefits of multi-cloud while minimizing the complexity

Multi-cloud offers the flexibility to leverage the strengths of each platform to obtain best of breed tools and resources for every business requirement. However, the nature of multiple solutions inevitably increases complexity. Organizations need to pay attention to integration, data flows, data protection and data management.

Minimizing complexity begins with having a data management strategy in place, and understanding what data you have and where it resides. The second step is to consolidate tools. May organizations have multiple tools for backup, disaster recovery, archiving and so on, and there is often a lot of overlap. A single data management toolset for cloud and on premises data significantly streamlines the work. It also ensures that a single view of data can be obtained for increased speed and efficiency.

A platform that offers automation, orchestration, artificial intelligence and machine learning options can help organizations save both time and effort by replacing manual tasks. In addition, a platform that has native integration with clouds enables a single interface to be used for backup and recovery across the board, saving time and reducing complexity. Finally, any data management solution should incorporate the ability to quickly move large workloads and data volumes, and should support the various tools used to achieve these migrations.

Multi-cloud is the reality of data management infrastructure, and the challenges will only continue to grow as cloud becomes increasingly available and pervasive. Organizations need to simplify and streamline their data management to reduce cost and complexity as well as to manage data regulation and compliance objectives.

Gerhard Fourie is Commvault District Channel Manager for South Africa

Motorola Solutions launches cloud-based push to talk service in EMEA

Motorola Solutions has launched WAVE – the new, network-independent multimedia communication subscription service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

 The cloud-based push-to-talk (PTT) service connects teams and enables real-time group communications using any device from smartphones to two-way radios, tablets and PCs to broadband devices.

In addition to its cloud-based WAVE service, Motorola Solutions is introducing its new purpose-built WAVE Radio: the TLK 100.

The TLK 100 combines the functional benefits of WAVE with a rugged radio form factor for professional users. The device provides businesses with instant push-to-talk communication across Europe, utilizing 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi networks without the need for costly or time-consuming spectrum licensing or manual programming.

The rugged PTT device is ideal for industries like construction, transportation, energy, private security, and more. Businesses can easily manage their workforce using the integrated GPS to maximize safety, check project status, find faster routes, modify tasks, and position team members where they are needed most.

A new WAVE Mobile Application enables workers to turn their phone into a broadband PTT handset and get instant communication anywhere they have broadband service.

Users can connect their two-way radio system to WAVE, extending coverage and allowing smartphones to communicate with radio users. Integrated messaging also enables them to push text, video, audio, photos and files to individuals or groups as well as coordinate meetings based on location sharing.

Motorola Solutions also offers a WAVE Dispatch Application to further simplify day-to-day broadband PTT group communications. With WAVE Dispatch, businesses can manage their resources and coordinate an effective operation from any internet connection with a standard browser.

They can keep in touch with their teams to ensure that they have all the information they need. Workforces can also be deployed more efficiently through location updates and mapping.

“We see a growing demand from businesses that need to connect their teams via easy-to-use push-to-talk services in the field,” said Viv Francis, vice president, channel sales EMEA at Motorola Solutions. “They need future-leading technologies for group-based broadband communications, plus purpose-built devices that function at the push of a single button to improve employee efficiency.”

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Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit launches inaugural cloud excellence awards in Africa

Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit has launched a new Awards Ceremony to recognize data centre and cloud excellence during the last 12 months across the African continent.

Nominations are open for the inaugural Datacloud Africa Awards which will be held on the evening of 26th September where winners will be announced in the following categories:

1. Africa Data Centre Service Provider of the Year Award
2. Africa Cloud Service Provider of the Year Award
3. Excellence in the Data Centre Award: Africa
4. New Data Centre of the Year Award: Africa
5. Global Connectivity for Africa Innovator of the Year
6. Africa Data Centre Location of the Year Award
7. Africa Data Centre Energy Innovator of the Year

“It is very timely to showcase and honour the achievements of leading companies in the colocation, cloud services, energy and data centre sectors in the Africa region. We will also recognise development agencies, governments and trade associations who have positioned Africa as a data centre investment in the Africa Data Centre Location of the Year Award,” said Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup.

Chairman of the Judging Panel Gerd Simon also added that “The Datacloud Africa Awards offers a platform for the industry to demonstrate leadership, excellence and innovation and we encourage companies in the Africa region to put their nomination forward and we wish you good luck in this awards process.”

“An objective of all Awards is to recognise best practice in Africa. In setting the bar higher yet again, these Awards will provide new goals for the extraordinary talents across the continent operating and engaging in data centre and cloud.”

The nominations submission deadline is 15th August 2019 and shortlisted companies announced afterwards. The winners will be announced on the evening of 26th September at the Awards ceremony at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra.

For more information and to nominate for the awards  visit www.datacloudafrica.com/awards[[$links]]

Vodacom Tanzania extends cloud partnership with Optiva

Optiva Inc., an innovative software provider of mission-critical, cloud-native, monetization solutions to leading communication service providers (CSPs) globally,has announced that Vodacom Tanzania has expanded its partnership with Optiva for utilization of Optiva Charging Engine™ and Policy Control (PCRF).

The multiyear agreement enables Vodacom Tanzania to upgrade its current platform and support and take another step toward leveraging Optiva’s innovative cloud-native BSS architecture.

As the leading CSP in Tanzania serving over 12.4 million customers, Vodacom Tanzania differentiates itself with the best quality, coverage and superior customer experience. They have been utilizing Optiva solutions for more than 10 years to help them successfully remain ahead of their competition.

This expansion and upgrade allow them to quickly launch new, flexible and personalized products and services engineered to capture additional market share and deliver enhanced customer experiences.

The partnership with Optiva aligns with Vodacom Tanzania’s past success and revenue growth from the launch of innovative campaigns, promotions and digital services that have fulfilled market demand and countered cost-driven market disruption.

Hisham Hendi, CEO of Vodacom Tanzania said: “Optiva and Vodacom Tanzania have been long-standing partners, and this agreement further strengthens our ties. Optiva’s solutions, with the leading cloud-native architecture, and our close working collaboration allow us to capture the market opportunities faster and stay ahead of our competition.”

Danielle Royston, CEO of Optiva said:“We are thankful for our continued partnership with Vodacom Tanzania and their trust in us to extend our relationship long-term. By working closely with our customers to understand their business, our focus on Customer Success helps them to grow their subscriber base and win in their markets. Add the game-changing advantage of moving to the cloud with its promise of 80% lower total cost of ownership, and it’s a winning combination.”

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afriQloud – Time for more African businesses to move to the cloud

The African cloud has arrived. Yesterday, afriQloud went live in Uganda, with plans to launch in 15  additional African countries in 2020. 

afriQloud will provide, at internationally competitive rates, local and foreign customers with an innovative and secure distributed edge cloud service.  It is a product of pan-African connectivity provider, BringCom, science and technology investor, Imprimatur Capital, and European edge cloud software company GIG Technology.

afriQloud comes at a time when African businesses are making massive investments in things like machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and are using cloud and virtualized infrastructure to enhance service delivery. Large retail firms are using compute capabilities and AWS databases to transform how they reach a predominantly mobile and digital customer base. And scores of African cloud-native startups are leveraging the cloud to disrupt entire industry sectors.

The cloud services sector in the continent might be in its early stages of development, the impact of cloud services is already far-reaching. 

Why is afriQloud important?

Well, as I mentioned earlier African businesses and organisations are making massive investments in cloud services. In fact, for African markets, cloud, virtualization and the broader evolution towards serverless computing are the most disruptive technology developments since the advent of the mobile payment revolution. 

Hans van Linschoten, founding partner of Imprimatur Capital Africa and CEO of afriQloud said in a statement yesterday  “We see significant potential in the growing African cloud market where an estimated $2 billion is being spent in cloud this year’’

Most of Africa’s content on the internet is however hosted on servers outside the continent. afriQloud is bringing those servers to Africa and African businesses need to take advantage of this. Businesses will now be able to access virtual IT technology and infrastructure; streamlined software and applications; and efficient backups and disaster recovery systems. Cloud technology provides access to software that ultimately reduces costs on so many levels, and can be customised to best suit the relevant business, it is the perfect solution for SMEs in Africa to ensure they remain competitive in the global market.

Opening up of the global market according to Fabrice Langreney, CEO of BringCom will require African companies and organizations to be equally competitive in the deployment of e-solutions, scalability, secure data accessibility and connectivity in line with international standards. This will also help them to design their own map to cloud success. By doing so, African businesses have almost limitless paths and roadways that they can draw – and reshape – to help drive their business growth.

Remember the solution for Africa’s challenges will come from within Africa. Technology is the same all over the world; the difference lies in building solutions that answer and address local socio-economic challenges. With afriQloud, companies in Africa can now emerge from a situation where they have had more rudimentary applications and business processes to where they have unleashed the power of cloud technologies which makes it easier and far more efficient to automate services.

‘’…..and we’re excited to bring this service to the continent. By the end of 2019, we will complement the few developed markets clouds with a powerful and local distributed cloud in at least 15 countries. This ensures data sovereignty for institutions and governments within Africa’s shores.”  Hans van Linschoten concluded. 


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Liquid Telecom, Microsoft host first cloud conference in Mauritius

Pan African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, is hosting the “first of its kind” cloud conference in Mauritius on Thursday 27 June 2019.

The conference, taking place at Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa is being organised in partnership with Microsoft to help local businesses improve their understanding and use of cloud services to improve productivity and growth, whilst reducing costs and improving efficiencies. Places are limited to one hundred attendees.

Azure Accelerator is a unique cloud learning platform that provides business and IT leaders with the opportunity to engage one-on-one with Liquid Telecom and Microsoft cloud experts. The conference takes attendees on a journey of discovery, covering topics like cloud fundamentals, digital transformation, business continuity, security and compliance and will explore the manage IT resources in the cloud.

“Our events our popular with local business and feedback is extremely positive”, said Yemurai Mombershora, Group Product Manager for Liquid Telecom based in Zimbabwe. “By having a local presence in all the markets we operate in we are able to connect personally with our customers- demystifying the cloud by unpacking complex topics into a language that they understand and appreciate.”

During the conference, LSL Digital, part of La Sentinelle Ltd, a leading Media group in Mauritius, and IOS Indian Ocean Software, a customer-specific software solutions provider will illustrate how their adoption of cloud tools and resources has vastly improved operations – providing their businesses with flexible and scalable solutions to compete more effectively.

“With the launch of the Microsoft Datacentres in South Africa in March this year, local businesses can connect and leverage world-class IT infrastructure and leading-edge technology much closer to home. What this means in business terms is a huge improvement to latency and the ability to start or accelerate their business growth on an international platform,” said Winston Ritson, Group Head of Cloud Services at Liquid Telecom.

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afriQloud launches in Uganda, 15 African countries to follow in next year

Leapfrogging Africa’s innovation agenda with local cloud solutions

Pan-African connectivity provider, BringCom, in partnership with science and technology investor, Imprimatur Capital, and European edge cloud software company, GIG Technology, have together birthed what is to provide the African technology industry with cloud sovereignty – afriQloud.

Today launched in Uganda, afriQloud will provide, at internationally competitive rates, local and foreign customers with an innovative and secure distributed edge cloud service.

Hans van Linschoten, founding partner of Imprimatur Capital Africa and CEO of afriQloud: “We see significant potential in the growing African cloud market where an estimated $2 billion is being spent in cloud this year, and we’re excited to bring this service to the continent. By the end of 2019 we will complement the few developed markets clouds with a powerful and local distributed cloud in at least 15 countries. This ensures data sovereignty for institutions and governments within Africa’s shores.”

Most of Africa’s content on the internet is currently hosted on servers outside the continent. Implementation of edge cloud computing services in Africa has been adversely affected by lack of reliable and secure connectivity from various service providers. The cost of setting up ICT infrastructure with improved data latency and minimized downtime has also contributed to the slow adoption of cloud solution across the continent.

Mark Simmonds, Chairman of GIG Technology: ”Although cloud adoption is predominantly private, the African markets are generating a growth of 30% in public cloud sales. Few other ICT market segments in the African tech ecosystem have the potential of adding an incremental $2 billion in top line revenue over the next 5 years.”

Fabrice Langreney, CEO of BringCom: “Opening up of the global market will require African companies and organizations to be equally competitive in deployment of e-solutions, scalability, secure data accessibility and connectivity in line with international standards.”

afriQloud is also building bridges to the African incubators and tech hubs. More than 440 tech hubs are available today and more funding is being raised by tech startups across the African continent. The aim of afriQloud is to have the Edge Cloud installed in cities and tech hub ecosystems which hosts a high number of startups and developers. Now present and operational in Uganda, afriQloud will be spreading its services further into the different regions of Africa this year.

Willem Hendrickx, CEO of GIG Technology: “We believe in partnerships and the creation of local economy using our cloud technology. Having assessed the cloud readiness of different African markets, we are thrilled to launch in Kampala.”

Hans van Linschoten: “We have hit the ground and we intend to keep up the pace. This service in Africa is long overdue. In a few months, we will expand our service in East Africa – Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia will be afriQloud active very soon. We are working through channels in Southern Africa as well – Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique are our next target markets. And of course the West African region is good and ripe for the plucking. Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Cameroon – we’ll be present in all these countries this year! We’re very much looking forward to working with tech startups, MNOs, ISPs, government institutions, banks and financial institutions, universities – there is much to be done, and the time to begin is now.”

About afriQloud

afriQloud is a partnership of several selected hi-tech companies (mainly telco and Internet) with the aim of bringing their technology to emerging markets, Africa in particular. afriQloud has incorporated a subsidiary in Uganda – afriQloud Uganda Limited – from where it has started to build a business which is to expand throughout a minimum of 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.www.afriqloud.com

About BringCom

BringCom Incorporated, headquartered in Sterling, VA, USA has built Pan-African Ethernet and MPLS networks with its own regional hubs (PoPs) in Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Djibouti, Nairobi, Kampala and Lagos. BringCom has been offering international and last-mile connectivity solutions since 1992 to enterprises and government customers in the United States, Africa and the Middle East. It delivers secure and reliable Ethernet, MPLS, IPLC and DIA services for enterprise WAN and SD-WAN connectivity.

www.bringcom.com

About GIG Technology

GIG is a high-growth European software company developing and employing a fully-automated edge cloud for companies looking to effectively scale their digital infrastructure at the Edge. GIG’s vision is to build the most distributed edge cloud where any applications can freely move as close as possible to the user, enabling industries to realize a true digital transformation.

www.gig.tech

About Imprimatur Capital

Imprimatur Capital is an international boutique science and technology investor. Imprimatur Capital specializes in medium and long term intellectual property (IP) opportunities, emerging from a unique international network, including leading universities and research institutions. Established in 2003 and headquartered in London, Imprimatur Capital is a direct investor and a UK FCA regulated fund management company. Imprimatur Capital collaborates and partners internationally with experienced investment, finance and technology professionals, including high-net-worth and institutional shareholders, to deliver a return on investment.

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Ooredoo Algeria deploys Nokia Cloud Mobile Gateway to transform its network for next-generation broadband services

This is a crucial step for the migration of core network elements to the cloud and paves the way for the transformation of the core network to support next generation mobile network technology.

Nokia is helping Ooredoo Algeria take the first step towards next-generation networks and reinforce its technology leadership in the region with the successful deployment of North Africa’s first virtualized Mobile Gateway. This is a crucial step for the migration of core network elements to the cloud and paves the way for the transformation of the core network to support next generation mobile network technology.

The deployment allows Ooredoo Algeria to meet growing data demand in the region, and provide new and innovative services like Internet of Things (IoT), in addition to enhanced broadband to its subscribers. Once deployed, Ooredoo Algeria’s subscribers will be able to enjoy high bandwidth-consuming services, delivering the best possible performance and reliability.

Nokia’s Cloud Mobile Gateway has been installed and placed into commercial service. Nokia will be deploying more gateways in the near future.

Next Generation Core (NGC) is a service-based architecture that calls for the evolution of the core network. Deployment of the Cloud Mobile Gateway is one of the most important steps in this transformation. It will help Ooredoo Algeria deliver a seamless network experience across fixed and wireless access technologies. With the help of the Nokia AirFrame data center solution, Ooredoo Algeria will be able to deliver telco applications that demand low latency.

 “Collaboration with Nokia for this initiative will help us in transforming our networks for next generation mobile broadband services and reinforcing our technology leadership. Nokia’s field-proven, end-to-end solution will enable us to enhance packet core capacity and to start the process of cloudification for telco applications. With this solution, we will be able to support more users, devices and services over wireless and fixed access. We are proud to continue our pioneering technology deployments with the implementation of this first virtualized network application in North Africa. We look forward to working with Nokia for future projects as well.” Mr. Abdullatif Hamad Dafallah, Chief Executive Officer at Ooredoo Algeria, said.

 Pierre Chaume, Head of the North and West Africa Market Unit at Nokia, added that “The consumption of data is increasing across the world and telcos are grappling with ever-increasing demand for capacity. The deployment of the Cloud Mobile Gateway will help Ooredoo Algeria in the evolution of the core network to enable its customers to enjoy high-bandwidth services, delivered with the highest possible performance and reliability.”

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