27 February 2019
Microsoft, TE Contract to Host Microsoft First Cloud Network in Egypt

During the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019), Microsoft and Telecom Egypt (TE) announced today their cooperation to expand Microsoft Cloud Network in Egypt, with TE providing interconnection services to and within Egypt, to improve the quality of services offered to Microsoft customers. Cooperation also targets expanding Microsoft services within the Egyptian market, as well as spreading its services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Microsoft is one of the largest networks in the world, with more than 100 data centers, 135 different locations, and more than 100,000 miles of cables through which Microsoft services are provided to customers. TE, over the years, has intensified its efforts on investments to boost Egypt’s economy and strengthen its institutions and the government by providing high quality and innovative services.

In this regard, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat stated that Egypt is moving towards being a global digital path, taking advantage of its distinct elements including its unique geographical location, overlooking both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Talaat added that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is committed to develop the ICT industry in Egypt, as it cherishes the partnerships that empower local institutions and boost business development in Egypt.

On this occasion, Microsoft Azure Corporate Vice President Yousef Khalidi said that this step will help expand Microsoft network in Egypt, and improve communication quality in the MENA region. He added that Microsoft continues to invest to improve the service level of its global network, thus enabling local and regional companies and institutions to achieve the digital transformation.

On his part, TE CEO Adel Hamed expressed his pleasure of such cooperation, saying that this agreement is one of the first steps of implementing TE strategy of digital transformation. He added that TE geographical location and its infrastructure will enable major cloud service providers, like Microsoft, to easily reach their customers, individuals and companies, in Egypt, and to expand in other markets.

Microsoft Egypt General Manager Khaled Abdel Kader stated that Microsoft is committed to provide global cloud services that will enable organizations and individuals in Egypt to achieve the digital transformation. He added that the cooperation with TE will increase the companies’ capacities through Microsoft services in Egypt.

The new Microsoft network in Egypt will not only improve the communication level in MENA region, it will also include the new Microsoft cloud areas developed in both South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

About Telecom Egypt
Telecom Egypt is the first integrated communications operator in Egypt. It provides landline voice, high-speed internet, and mobile phone services. It has a rich history of serving the Egyptian people for over 160 years, during which, it was able to retain its leadership of the Egyptian telecom market, not only by providing the latest global technology to its customers, individuals and institutions, but also through its strong infrastructure and wide network of submarine cables. This is in addition to its mobile service provide (WE), that acquires 45% of Vodafone Egypt. TE stocks and bonds (Ticker: ETEL.CA and TEEG.LN) are available for trading on Egypt Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange. To see TE financial statements, please visit the following website ir.te.eg.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) enables digital transformation in the smart cloud and smart contact points era. Its mission is to empower every person and institution on Earth to achieve more.

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