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BCX expands Kenyan operation

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – South African ICT solutions company Business Connexion (BCX) is expanding its operations in the Kenyan market.

Having already entered the country late last year, BCX is rolling out investments worth Sh2 billion into growing and strengthening its ICT offerings in Kenya.

Group Executive Director John Jenkins said the investment is service-led with the company eyeing 10 companies as potential clients in Kenya ranging from telecoms, financial and public sectors.

“We’re talking to a number of potential customers in Kenya and we’re looking for the opportunity to mutually invest with a major client, in the nature of traditional outsourcing,” he said.

Jenkins was speaking on Tuesday ahead of the AITEC East Africa ICT Summit, where he will address cloud computing and its role in modernising outsourced managed services.

The group holds 25 percent of Africa’s outsourcing market, with plans to expand its capabilities in Kenya through technologies like cloud computing.

Jenkins says unlike competitors such as Safaricom that recently launched its cloud service, BCX offers a multi-tenant private enterprise cloud, which delivers private clouds to corporates.

BCX Kenya Managing Director Tony Githuku says as more corporates and businesses in Kenya make the shift away from purchasing IT equipment, cloud computing is becoming a more attractive option.

“More and more corporates are saying can somebody host this equipment for us, can somebody provide a service to us and provide it on demand. We have got very good experience in those areas,” he said.

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As the leading data centre provider in Africa with 23 percent of the market, BCX has invested Sh5.5 billion over the last decade, and intends to extend that by establishing and operating data centres and infrastructural capabilities in Kenya.

The company has a presence in Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia, and an extensive partner network in another 22 African countries.

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