Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it is making Lagos, Nigeria its second African office. The office opened five years after its first office in Johannesburg was opened in 2017.
This move will bring AWS closer to African startups. It has also supported a range of Nigerian startups such as SeamlessHR, Yellow Card, BFree, and Bankly amongst others.
The Lagos office will house its account managers, partner managers, solution architects, and other roles that support Nigerian customers.
Speaking on this, the Regional manager, of Sub-Saharan Africa, AWS, said,
“Lagos offers a highly skilled and creative talent pool, and the area is home to many fast-growling startups and notable Nigerian enterprises. They are leading the way in digital innovation”.
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Amazon Web Services: Why Africa? Why Nigeria?
The move by tech companies coming into the African markets has proven that our connectivity and clouding computing market is generating interest and opportunities.
We cannot doubt that African startups which are mostly software companies have increased the need for cloud computing services. It is however therefore wise also to be close to the location where requests are coming from as it is a major consideration for businesses.
The closeness also improves the quality of services. The tech giant is currently in 6 regions and has 8 under development in the world.
As Internet adoption continues to rise on the continent, Africa’s Internet subscribers are set to be 483 million by 2025 up from 239 million in 2018.
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The reaction of the Nigerian Government?
Commenting on this, Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, said,
“The Service Infrastructure Pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) emphasizes the importance of digital platforms in the development of a robust digital economy.”
“The programs of Amazon Web Services support the development of such platforms. We look forward to partnering with AWS to accelerate the implementation of NDEPS.” He added.
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