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MTN to empower African businesses with AWS Direct Connect

Release date:1/28/2015
Johannesburg – MTN Group today announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent.

The new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s *Global MPLS network, to provide customers with connectivity between their data centres or businesses and the AWS EU Ireland region. This will give enterprises across Africa a dedicated link with which they can access the flexible, scalable and reliable AWS cloud.

“The relationship with Amazon Web Services is an important step in our plans to address the needs of enterprise customers in emerging markets, particularly Africa,” says MTN Group Chief Enterprise Officer, Mteto Nyati.

“As MTN Business, our purpose is to enable and inspire growth on the continent. We believe that by working with a global technology leader such as Amazon Web Services, MTN will be better placed to enable customers to grow their businesses by providing them with reliable connectivity and access to world-class digital solutions,” says Nyati.

MTN’s Global MPLS network connectivity offers improved manageability, reliability and performance. As a result, AWS Direct Connect is expected to bring significant benefits to multinational and large enterprise customers by providing a more consistent network performance when they access AWS.

”We are excited to be working with MTN to bring the security and reliability of AWS Direct Connect to customers across Africa,” said Steve Midgley, Head of EMEA, Amazon Web Services Luxembourg Sarl. “By utilising AWS Direct Connect, customers are able to reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience, helping African businesses of all sizes to rapidly expand their organisations.”

Customers are also assured of good quality of service as a result of the service level agreements which MTN offers on MPLS. In addition, customers will benefit from reduced bandwidth costs, as the dedicated connection to AWS will result in a lower data transfer rate than normal Internet data transfer rates. 

AWS Direct Connect is one of the ways in which MTN is addressing the needs of its enterprise customers. To this end, the company will also be enhancing its Cloud offering with new services in the coming months. 

More information on AWS Direct Connect is available on www.mtnbusiness.com/aws_direct.html

- Issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs

About *MTN Global MPLS VPN
MTN’s Global Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is a carrier-grade network for enterprise customers. The layer-3 service (MPLS, Internet Protocol (IP) and VPN) has the ability to prioritise customer traffic on an application by application basis enabling fast, reliable and secure network connectivity. MTN’s Global MPLS service connects key network point-of-presence in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Djibouti, Angola, Mozambique, Senegal, Cyprus, Cameroon, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania.

About the MTN Group
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 September 2014, MTN recorded 219,2 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. Visit us at, www.mtnbusiness.com, www.mtn.com and www.mtnmmo.com

For more information, please contact:
Samantha Moodley on +27 83 212 9434 or Samantha.moodley@mtn.com or mtngrouppressoffice@mtn.co.za 

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