T-Systems South Africa and Huawei have announced their partnership to bring the Open Telekom Cloud (OTC), an Open Stack Public Cloud platform that will deliver on-demand, pay as you go cloud services to enterprises, to South Africa.

OTC will only be ready in the fourth quarter of 2017 for customers to sign up.

β€œT-Systems is an established South African brand with local shareholding, that has been in the country for nearly 20 years, we pride ourselves on being in South Africa for South Africa. This extended partnership with Huawei, allows us to bring a new level of innovation to the local market. As a multi cloud provider, we have already been delivering high levels of service quality and price compatibility from our current local Datacentres; OTC will enhance our cloud portfolio and allow us to offer hyper scale computing capabilities on the open stack platform that can rival other global cloud offerings. Given that we are deploying OTC locally in South Africa, we will be retaining the revenue in the country, moreover, it enables us to fully comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). In all, we are ecstatic about this as it brings simplicity, security and affordability to our customers.” said Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director of T-Systems South Africa.

Schoonbee also said that with their customers discovering the advantages of the public cloud, they also want a local (South African) alternative.

β€œWith the Open Telekom Cloud we can offer a local solution that is simple, secure, affordable, and, that will benefit from the international R&D and development road map of Deutsche Telekom.” Schoonbee concluded.

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