Amazon Launches New AWS Local Zone in Kenya

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Robin Njiru, Regional Lead, West, East & Central Africa, Amazon Web Services

Amazon is bringing its AWS Local Zone Cloud Infrastructure to the country. The AWS Local Zone will be in Nairobi and join 16 existing AWS Local Zones across the United States and an additional 32 AWS Local Zones are planned to launch in 26 countries around the world starting in 2022.

According to Amazon, the new AWS Local Zone will deliver single-digit millisecond latency performance at the edge of the cloud.

AWS manages and supports Local Zones, meaning customers in Kenya do not need to incur the expense and effort of procuring, operating, and maintaining infrastructure in Nairobi to support low-latency applications. AWS Local Zones also allow customers with local data residency requirements in Kenya to run parts of their applications in on-premises data centres and seamlessly connect to AWS while ensuring ultra-low latency for these types of hybrid deployments—all while using familiar AWS APIs and tools.


The new AWS Local Zones will give customers in Kenya the ability to offer end users single-digit millisecond performance designed to suit applications such as remote real-time gaming, media and entertainment content creation, live video streaming, engineering simulations, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning inference at the edge, and more.

Customers can connect to AWS Local Zones through an internet connection or use AWS Direct Connect—a cloud service that links an organization’s network directly to AWS to deliver consistent, secure, low-latency performance—to route traffic over a private AWS network connection.

 “The new AWS Local Zone in Kenya is a continuation of our investment to support customers of all kinds and our commitment to accelerate innovation by bringing cloud infrastructure to more locations in the country. We know that delivering ultra-low latency applications for a seamless user experience matters in every business and industry, so we are excited to bring the edge of the cloud closer to more customers in Kenya to help meet their requirements,” said Robin Njiru, Regional Lead, East, West and Central Africa at Amazon Web Services.

“AWS Local Zones will empower more public and private organizations, innovative startups, and AWS partners to deliver a new generation of leading-edge, low-latency applications to end-users. Customers can take advantage of the cost savings, scalability, and high availability that AWS provides,” he adds.

“We are pleased to launch AWS Local Zone in Kenya. This announcement reaffirms our country’s position as an attractive place to invest, powered by a high volume of local talented developers,” said Mr Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs.

” It will boost the adoption of advanced cloud-based technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Internet of Things while helping to ensure secure use across the Kenyan technology sector,” he continued.


“We believe an AWS Local Zone will enable us to further enhance our cloud offerings, especially to our Enterprise and SME customers, and migrate more of our own services to the Cloud,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom PLC, a local partner of Amazon Web Services.

“Customer obsession remains a key focus for Safaricom and with this local presence driven by our partnership with Amazon, we will now achieve increased speed, stability, reliability, and storage to support innovation and development of future-fit solutions,” he concluded.


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