Amazon Web Services and Google to expand presence in South Africa

Due to strong investment incentives, africa Internet access is growing at one of the fastest rates in the world. africa a young population and rapid urbanization are strong drivers of demand for digitization.

Africa has the youngest, most dynamic and most urbanized workforce in the world, leading to a rapid increase in its consumption of online services. Increased connectivity, in turn, creates more opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs through new technologies. However, digital transformation can only be fully realized if high-quality access to communication networks and services is available at affordable prices.

Accelerate the type and pace of investments in digital infrastructure by Africa will be essential to ensure the growth of africa savings and livelihoods for years to come.

  • Two of the biggest players in the cloud space, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google plan to strengthen their presence in South Africa.
  • Retailer Choose and pay migrated its entire on-premises information technology infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • On the other hand, Google is planning a cloud region in The cap with a data center likely to be housed in a future Africa Data Centers (ADC) facility.

Two of the biggest players in the cloud space, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google plan to strengthen their presence in South Africa.

Amazon and its cloud computing arm AWS have announced the opening of a new office in Johannesburg. The office will aim to strengthen South Africa growing cloud market and providing a range of cloud-based services to organizations of all sizes.

AWS says the new office continues Amazon’s growing investment in South Africawhich began in 2004 in The cap with the launch of a development center for pioneering networking-focused technologies, next-generation software for customer support, and software programs used by AWS, among other technologies.

Mobile cellular coverage in Africa, referring to the percentage of the population that lives within range of a mobile cellular signal, is estimated by the ITU at 88.4%. Just over 77% of the population is now within range of a 3G signal, and 44.3% is within range of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband signal.

The percentage of people using the internet increased from 24.8% in 2017 to 28.6% at the end of 2019, with households with internet access at home increasing by 0.1 percentage point from 14.2% in 2017 at 14.3% at the end. of 2019.

The fixed and mobile broadband markets have shown some growth over the past four years, with active mobile broadband subscriptions outpacing fixed broadband subscriptions.

According to an IT Web article, Peter DeSantissenior vice president of global infrastructure and customer support at AWS, said, “We have a long history in South Africa and have been working to support the growth of the local tech community for over 15 years. Meanwhile, builders, developers, contractors and organizations have asked us to bring a AWS Region at Africa. Today, we are responding to these requests by opening the Cape Town region. We look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that will result from building African organizations in the cloud.”

In 2020, Amazon launched the Africa (The cap) Region, the first AWS Infrastructure Region in South Africa. However, plans to build a new The cap-based Amazon Africa seat were blocked earlier this year by the Cape Town High Court because Amazon allegedly did not follow the proper process to acquire the land.

Meanwhile, the retailer Choose and pay migrated its entire on-premises information technology infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In a statement, AWS says Choose and pay work with Lemongrass Councilan AWS Premier Consulting Partner with SAP migration and consulting skills, to migrate their on-premises SAP environment to AWS and implement a modern SAP HANA platform.

According to the American cloud computing giant, the move to the cloud will Choose and pay to streamline its operations and modernize its store supply chain network, develop new digital customer experiences in omnichannel grocery, and expand into new business areas.

Chris Shortchief information and technology officer at Choose and pay said, “Leveraging the cloud to achieve greater operational efficiency and improved customer experience is a game-changing strategy for Choose and pay and the South African retail sector. The cloud will help us stay relevant and accessible in a high-volume, low-margin market that demands efficiency above all else.”

“In addition, the new cloud-based business intelligence platform allows us to make even more data-driven decisions that can help us deliver lower prices and more value to our customers,” he said. -he adds.

The retailer uses AWS cloud services, including computing, storage, databases, analytics, and business intelligence, and AWS Marketplace automate Choose and pay operations, provide real-time information, and identify and purchase offers from the AWS Partner Network.

According to AWS, the retailer can forecast demand by analyzing data in the cloud, identifying trends and customer sentiment, and improving customers’ in-store and online shopping experiences.

“We are seeing a fundamental shift in how consumer goods companies manage their technology infrastructure,” says Chris Erasmuscountry manager of South Africa at AWS.

Choose and pay is the first South African retailer to join the thousands of customers using SAP on AWS.

“We look forward to working with Choose and pay on its SAP and digital transformation strategies that will help accelerate the introduction of new cloud-based customer experiences, such as its mobile app, bespoke shopping, and personalized offers that deepen the relationship with the consumer. »

On the other hand, Google is planning a cloud region in The cap with a data center likely to be housed in a future Africa Data Centers (ADC) facility.

The Data Center Dynamics The website says the 20 MW facility will cover 15,000 square meters in eight data rooms. Work should start on the site in the last quarter of 2022. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2023.

In March 2019Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has started offering its cloud services in South Africa. The company leases a data center at Johannesburg from a partner, from which it deploys localized public cloud services based on local industry policies, customer requirements, and partner terms.

The American enterprise software company Oracle also announced in September of the same year its intention to launch data centers in South Africa. Google is the latest of the major US cloud players to enter the South African data center market. This, however, is rather timely news given that Google’s new Equiano link cable Portugal at South Africa posted last week.

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