Amazon Web Services launches operations in Africa

By Data/Economy

In an effort to allow developers, start-ups, and enterprises, government, education, and non-profit organisations to run their applications and serve end-users in Africa, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched operations in its 23rd geographic region.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud subsidiary of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), said the launch is to serve Africa “with even lower latency and leverage advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation”.

“The cloud is positively transforming lives and businesses across Africa and we are honored to be a part of that transformation,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of global infrastructure and customer support, Amazon Web Services.

“We have a long history in South Africa and have been working to support the growth of the local technology community for over 15 years.

“In that time, builders, developers, entrepreneurs, and organizations have asked us to bring an AWS Region to Africa and today we are answering these requests by opening the Cape Town Region. We look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that will result from African organizations building in the cloud.”