Amazon AWS: AWS to launch Wavelength Zone Edge locations in Africa

May 29, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Amazon Web Services (AWS) in partnership with Orange has revealed plans to launch a Wavelength Zone Edge locations in Africa, one of which will be in Morocco, where Oracle has confirmed plans for two new cloud regions. 

Jérôme Hénique, CEO at Orange Middle East and Africa, said: “The announcement of AWS Wavelength Zones for North & West Africa is a major achievement in our strategy to foster the cloud transformation of African businesses. We are providing the benefits of AWS to Moroccan and Senegalese organizations, from SMBs to MNCs, while ensuring data residency in secure Orange data centers in combination with our best-in-class connectivity solutions.”

Amazon mentioned that  it chose to partner with Orange as it needed “CSP partner with global reach, breadth, a depth of connectivity offerings and an ambition to scale their solution offerings to include a unique cloud value proposition.”

“The deployment of AWS Wavelength Zones in North and West Africa, in collaboration with Orange, will further empower customers in growing geographies with local AWS services,” said Jan Hofmeyr, vice president of EC2 Edge at AWS. “Customers of all sizes and all industries in Morocco and Senegal will be able to access local AWS compute and storage for data residency, low latency, and security needs for applications across real-time gaming and regulated industries, helping customers unlock new innovation and accelerate digital transformation.”