Amazon Plans to Set up an Amazon Web Services Edge Location in Kenya

Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of US E-Commerce giant Amazon has announced plans to establish a new edge location in Nairobi. The new addition will be Amazon’s third location in Africa in addition to the other two in South African cities Johannesburg and Cape Town.

An Edge location is a collection of physical servers within a data centre to allow for content distribution to reduce latency for end-users. They are located in most of the major cities around the world and the higher the number of edge locations the better the content is distributed globally.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also met executives of the company including Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon for Amazon Web Services.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Amazon Web Services Vice President Worldwide Public Sector Ms Teresa Carlson (right) and AWS’ Business Lead East Africa, Mr Robin Njiru (left) at State House Nairobi

Meanwhile, President Kenyatta has signed into law the Data Protection Bill 2019 which outlays requirements for the protection of personal data processed by both public and private organisations.

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