BrandArena: MTN to Introduce Cloud services pilot project in Nigeria, other key African markets

Thursday, 13 December 2012

MTN to Introduce Cloud services pilot project in Nigeria, other key African markets

Following the debut of a pilot project for its Cloud bouquet of services in South Africa, telecom giant, MTN has revealed plans to introduce the service in six of its key markets in the continent.

The service mark the first mobile network operator in Africa to adopt the Cloud Service Brokerage model.

A recent innovation in the IT space, cloud computing is the delivery of hosted services over the Internet. It enables the delivery of communication services, remotely enabling users to access services virtually anywhere, at any time.

According to the Executive for Enterprise Business at MTN Group, Farhad Khan, in a statement issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs, the pilot project will be carried out in six of MTN’s key markets in Africa. These are Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa. MTN Business has identified a number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in these markets to trial its cloud services and product. MTN Cloud will be targeted at SMEs in Africa to assist customers to reduce the cost of doing business by offering bespoke ICT solutions.

Khan says the world of business is changing, and so should the way enterprises operate. “A particular challenge facing small and medium-sized businesses in Africa is the high cost of IT software and hardware. This includes the licence fees. What MTN Cloud services seek to do is enable SMEs to minimise these costs, and at the same time improve productivity and efficiency.”

The Cloud Service Brokerage model centralises access to services, where a third party, in this case MTN, acts as the single point of contact for customers. This eases the administrative burden for companies, where instead of dealing with multiple service providers, they now deal with one.

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