Lucid Telecom CEO Nick Rudnick

Microsoft and Liquid Telecom Has partnered to expand the availability of cloud services to other markets across Africa.

The US software and services giant will use Liquid Telecom's data centers and 70,000 km of fiber across Africa to offer Azure and the Azure cartridge to customers, African companies said in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"Liquid Telecom currently provides the modern hybrid cloud in five regions – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda – when more countries are expected to move in 2019," said Nick Rodnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom Group.

Microsoft ExpressRoute, part of the Liquid Telecom's CloudConnect offering, enables customers to establish private connections to Azure for better performance, better security, and lower latency. Liquid Telecom provides ExpressRoute service across eight African countries on its own fiber. CloudConnect also provides additional direct connection products to other global and local African suppliers. – © 2018 NewsCentral Media