Amazon is launching its CloudFront Edge location in Kenya – here's how it will benefit the East African nation

Kenyatta meeting with executive of Amazon Web Services in Nairobi (Facebook/State House Kenya)
  • Amazon CloudFront Edge location to begin operation in Kenya early 2020, the company announced.
  • CloudFront Edge location will help Kenyan users to experience secure and fast delivery of applications, data, and videos to end-users worldwide, with high transfer speeds.
  • After South Africa, Kenya is the latest country to be connected to the global infrastructure network, which will help the growing tech ecosystem in the country.

Amazon has announced that it is launching an Amazon CloudFront Edge location in Kenya, which is expected to be operational in early 2020.

It is a highly secure and highly available Content Delivery Network (CDN) that accelerates the delivery of applications, data, and videos to users worldwide, with high transfer speeds.

It speeds up the distribution of web content, such as .html, .css, .js, and image files, to your users and delivers your content through a worldwide network of data centers called edge locations.

In a recent statement, Amazon Web Services said Kenya is the latest country to be connected to the global infrastructure network, which is designed and built to deliver the highest quality network performance.

The improved and faster user experience, with local Amazon CloudFront infrastructure, will help in driving the development of even more web applications across Kenya, including eCommerce, education, entertainment, gaming, healthcare, media, mobile banking, and government services.

“Customers across the country can expect up to 50 percent reduction in latency for delivery of their content with the new Edge location,” the statement reads.

With this, users in Kenya can securely create, access, and stream content to end users faster than they could before.

I am delighted to welcome AWS’s investment in Kenya. The upcoming launch of Amazon CloudFront puts us at the forefront of accelerated innovation - enabling startups, enterprises, and our government agencies to focus on building the best user experiences,” said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya’s leading telecommunications provider, Safaricom PLC, welcomed the news of Amazon CloudFront coming to Kenya.

George Njuguna, Safaricom’s CIO, said, “We welcome the launch of the new Edge location as this will reduce latency and performance of our web and mobile applications, resulting in a radically improved user experience for our customers.”

The Amazon CloudFront will help Safaricom improve on its mobile telephony, mobile money transfer, and e-commerce to millions of customers in Kenya.

What is the cost?

The company did not state the cost of Amazon CloudFront for Kenya users but in the US and Canada, it is $0.085 for the first 10TB. In South Africa, its first operation in Africa, it is pay-as-you-use.

Last year, the company also launched CloudFront location in South Africa, its first African operation.


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