Echo International Kenya has stepped into the arena to offer cloud-based services just over a year after telecommunications giant, Safaricom, partnered with Amazon to offer similar services. Photo / Courtesy.

The last one year has seen governments, corporates and individuals alike experiment with different work models that could give pointers to how the workplace of the future will look like.

With increasing calls for stay at home as the pandemic restricted travel, organizations have kept embracing cloud systems to deliver goods and services to customers.

And as Coronavirus variants continue posing an ever present danger, transformation into cloud is gathering pace as the world races to a ‘new normal’.

According to the World Economic Forum, about 75 million current job roles may be displaced by the shift in the division of labour between humans, machines, and algorithms, while 133 million new employment opportunities may emerge at the same time globally.

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Cloud services is a natural fit for managing the virtual workplace and an increasing number of technology firms in Kenya are investing in this space even as the competition hots up.

Echo International Kenya has stepped into the arena to offer cloud-based services just over a year after telecommunications giant, Safaricom, partnered with Amazon to offer similar services.

Echo Kenya seeks to build partnerships with corporates, and enterprises, as it eyes a pie of the cloud computing services market in Africa.

“Kenya continues to trail blaze in the adoption and application of technology solutions through a robust IT infrastructure and a progressive entrepreneurial population,” said Echo International Kenya managing director Ken Munyi.

Through partnerships, Echo plans to help its clients seize new opportunities through the selection and roll out of the relevant technologies to optimise their workforces and other resources in the new workplace.

With a network of strategic partners across 44 countries in Africa, Echo Kenya plans to leverage on vast infrastructure to provide internet access, fibre, wireless, or VSAT (Very-Small-Aperture-Terminal) for companies in remote zones.

Echo Kenya is also banking on multi-branch wide area network services across multiple territories to provide the cloud services.

In partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), we are facilitating our region’s ability to grow successful businesses through leveraging the depth and breadth of AWS Cloud Services, which provide easy access to emerging technologies such as big data, Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence, said Safaricom when it entered into a deal with US tech giant, Amazon, last year.

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In addition to connectivity and software-defined network solutions, Echo Kenya also provides flexible and cost-effective IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) and security services, enabling a smooth transition to cloud-based infrastructure for clients.

For businesses with multiple branches, Echo Kenya is offering “SuperWan” – a software-based network – which is the natural successor to multiprotocol layer switching Wide Area Network that has been in the industry for a decade but whose functionalities are limited in an increasing cloud-first world.

Jacques Rautenbach, Echo International Group Managing Director said, “I am proud of the Echo Kenya team and the work they have been doing to not only lead the ICT sector with future-ready solutions but doing so with the best talent in the market and within a future-ready workspace environment.”

Kenya is one of the most progressive adopters of technology; not just in Sub-Saharan Africa but across the globe.

According to the World Bank, Kenya’s ICT industry has been growing at an average of 10.8 per cent annually since 2016, becoming a significant source of economic development and job creation with spillover effects in almost every sector of the economy.

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