Microsoft Corp. and Telecom Egypt are collaborating to extend Microsoft’s cloud network to Egypt. Telecom Egypt will provide low-latency connectivity into and across Egypt to help enhance performance and increase reliability for customers of Microsoft services. The collaboration will increase Microsoft’s reach to the large Egyptian market in addition to improving connectivity across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Microsoft’s global network connects Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure of over 100 datacenters, 135 edge node locations, and more than 100,000 miles of fiber and undersea cable systems to deliver Microsoft services to customers. The new point of presence in Egypt will benefit from a direct connection to Microsoft’s global infrastructure. Microsoft’s network investment will increase capacity and use the latest in network optimization for the delivery of Microsoft services in Egypt.
“Egypt is moving forward to become a global digital path in the light of its unique characteristics, especially its geographical location overlooking the red and Mediterranean seas. The Ministry is committed to the development of the telecom and information technology industry in Egypt, and appreciates partnerships that empower local institutions and drive business development,” said Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt.
“Through our collaboration with Telecom Egypt, we are extending Microsoft’s global network in Egypt and improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East. We are continuously investing to increase the size, speed, reliability and intelligence of Microsoft’s global network to help enable the digital transformation of organizations and enterprises locally and abroad,” added Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President, Azure Networking, Microsoft.
Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in consortiums and private international submarine cable systems. Egypt’s geographic location on the Red and Mediterranean seas has enabled Telecom Egypt to connect more than 11 cable systems from the east and 13 from the west.
“We are pleased to partner with Microsoft as it represents one of the first steps toward our strategic digital transformation plan. Telecom Egypt’s geographical position and its digital infrastructure will enable major cloud providers such as Microsoft to enhance their reach to consumers and enterprises in Egypt as well as reach other markets,” said Adel Hamed, CEO, Telecom Egypt.
The new enhanced network presence in Egypt will connect via Microsoft’s global network to transatlantic and trans-Arabian paths, which will improve connectivity across MENA, including enhancing connectivity to the new Microsoft cloud regions in development in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
“Microsoft is committed to providing world-class cloud services to enable and accelerate the digital transformation of organizations, businesses and people in Egypt. Our collaboration with Telecom Egypt and Microsoft’s investment in the country will further empower Egypt to achieve more through Microsoft services,” added Khaled Abdel Kader, General Manager, Microsoft Egypt.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019.