After launching data centre solutions, many telecom operators in Africa & Middle East started expanding in the enterprise cloud space as early as in 2011-2013, mainly focusing on in-house Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and leveraging their data centre assets.
To remain relevant to the market, telcos now have to expand their public and hybrid cloud offerings and move forward their cloud applications portfolio. To do so, they need to leverage strategic partnerships with leading public cloud providers such as Microsoft, SAP, Amazon and Google.
The graph below showcases a sample of strategic partnerships telecom operators have started pursuing in the region to enhance their cloud offerings:
Furthermore, these strategic partnerships can help telcos offer locally-hosted cloud solutions from these global cloud providers.
This can be an important offering, especially in AME countries with strict data privacy and cross-border data transfer regulation – as businesses might prefer to adopt cloud solutions from a local telecom operator with a local data centre infrastructure instead of global cloud provider with no country footprint.
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