Liquid Telecom is working with Microsoft to launch new enterprise cloud services designed to improve business collaboration, increase productivity and drive business growth in Africa.

Liquid Telecom is a launch partner in Africa for the new Azure Peering Service. This enterprise cloud networking service uses Liquid Telecom’s unrivalled fibre network, strategically located data centres and cloud architecture to provide organisations with optimised, reliable Internet connectivity to Microsoft services, such as Microsoft Office 365.

Liquid Telecom is one of Microsoft’s fastest growing network connectivity partners anywhere on the African continent,” says Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom. “The scale and reach of our fibre network, data centre infrastructure, local knowledge and expertise enable Microsoft enterprise customers to realise their business objectives more quickly and effectively. Together, Liquid Telecom and Microsoft are creating a modern business foundation for customers across Africa – one that inspires innovation, cloud-paced change, compliance and business growth.”

The Liquid Telecom ecosystem brings cloud services in Africa together, offering customers a one-stop solution for cloud computing, connectivity and professional services. Since becoming an official Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) in 2017, Liquid Telecom has consistently achieved Microsoft’s accredited independent technical support standards, being awarded four Microsoft Gold Partner and one Microsoft Silver Partner accreditations. This recognition acknowledges the company’s capabilities for delivering scalable and secure cloud services to businesses in the region and reflect the company’s unique position at the forefront of Africa’s cloud.

Microsoft Azure Peering Service is a networking service that enhances customer connectivity to Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics 365, software as a service (SaaS) services, Azure, or any Microsoft services accessible via the internet. Microsoft has partnered with internet service providers (ISPs), internet exchange partners (IXPs), and software-defined cloud interconnect (SDCI) providers worldwide to provide reliable and high-performing public connectivity with optimal routing from the customer to the Microsoft network. With Peering Service, customers can select a well-connected partner service provider in a given region. Public connectivity is optimized for high reliability and minimal latency from cloud services to the end-user location.