Bayobab, Microsoft embark on connectivity partnership

2nd June 2023

By: Natasha Odendaal

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Pan-African digital connectivity solutions company Bayobab, formerly MTN GlobalConnect, has entered into a strategic pan-African connectivity partnership with Microsoft to accelerate digital transformation across organisations and broader communities.

The partnership will see Bayobab provide access to large-scale infrastructure services to build capacity to further Microsoft’s cloud initiatives.

“Inspired by Africa’s potential, this partnership will support businesses to easily connect to the Microsoft Cloud, accelerating their digital transformation journey,” the companiessaid in a joint media statement.

Sub-Saharan Africa, with expectations of growth to more than one-billion people and a young population with 50% under the age of 25 years, along with a growing appetite for digital connectivity to access entertainment, financial and commercial needs, offers significant potential.

“Through our strategic partnership, we can tap into this potential, enabling socioeconomic development to support digital economies and marketplaces, connecting consumers and businesses in multiple ways,” says Bayobab CEO Frédéric Schepens.

“As we progress on our journey to provide next-generation digital solutions across Africa, we are delighted to enter into a strategic partnership with Microsoft.”

Bayobab, well positioned as a partner of scale, with a single doorway powered by a network ecosystem that seamlessly integrates with over 107 000 km of fibre infrastructure providing access to 291-million African subscribers, will use its pan-African proprietary fibre network to enable Microsoft’s digital transformation initiatives.

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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