Microsoft Corp. and Telecom Egypt will collaborate 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 North Africa and the Middle East.
The new point of presence in Egypt will benefit from a direct connection to Microsoft's global infrastructure to enhance the delivery of numerous services for customers, the company said. Microsoft's network investment will increase capacity and use the latest in network optimization for the delivery of Microsoft services in Egypt.
Dr Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt, said: "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."
Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure Networking, Microsoft said: "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."