T-Systems SA, Huawei announce locally based open stack enterprise cloud for SA

Johannesburg, 21 Apr 2017
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Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director of T-Systems South Africa
Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director of T-Systems South Africa

In an industry disrupting partnership, T-Systems South Africa and Huawei have announced they will be bringing Open Telekom Cloud (OTC) to local shores. OTC is a simple, secure and affordable open stack public cloud platform that will deliver on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud services to enterprises.

With the advent of industry 4.0 and the digitalisation of organisations, OTC will bring the best of global cloud innovation to South Africa and will enable South African organisations to operate and compete on a global scale.

Says Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director of T-Systems South Africa: "T-Systems is an established South African brand with local shareholding, which has been in the country for nearly 20 years; we pride ourselves on being in South Africa for South Africa. This extended partnership with Huawei, allows us to bring a new level of innovation to the local market. As a multi-cloud provider, we have already been delivering high levels of service quality and price compatibility from our current local data centres; OTC will enhance our cloud portfolio and allow us to offer hyper-scale computing capabilities on the open stack platform that can rival other global cloud offerings. Given that we are deploying OTC locally in South Africa, we will be retaining the revenue in the country. Moreover, it enables us to fully comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). In all, we are ecstatic about this as it brings simplicity, security and affordability to our customers."

This partnership, which will see T-Systems adding a new, transformational public cloud offering to its existing portfolio, was officially announced on 20 April 2017, at the Huawei Eco Connect conference, held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Daniel Liu, Channel Director of Huawei Enterprise Business Group for southern Africa
Daniel Liu, Channel Director of Huawei Enterprise Business Group for southern Africa

Commenting on the partnership, Huawei Channel Director of Huawei Enterprise Business Group for southern Africa, Daniel Liu, says: "Huawei has enjoyed a successful partnership with leading global ICT provider, T-Systems, working together on the OTC offering in European and Asian markets. T-Systems South Africa has a strong focus on delivering quality ICT to South Africa and African markets, and together we aim to focus on accelerating digital transformation within these borders."

T-Systems South Africa has been offering secure end-to-end cloud solutions since 2005, from consulting, implementation, billing and customer service through to maintenance. In early 2017, T-Systems South Africa was presented with the MD's award at the SAP Partner Awards, and is one of a handful of SAP partners that is certified to offer a SAP Partner Managed Cloud. With OTC, the ICT solutions provider plans to extend its cloud solution offering with a growing strategic partner ecosystem that includes SAP, Microsoft, Huawei and Oracle.

"Our customers are discovering the advantages of the public cloud, but they want a local alternative," says Schoonbee. "With the Open Telekom Cloud, we can offer a local solution that is simple, secure, affordable, and that will benefit from the international R&D and development road map of Deutsche Telekom."

T-Systems and Huawei plan to start taking customers onto OTC in the fourth Quarter of 2017.

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of 31 December 2014). The group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228 000 employees worldwide. The group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year - more than 60% of it outside Germany.


Deutsche Telekom considers the European business customer segment a strategic growth area. Deutsche Telekom offers small, medium-sized and multinational companies ICT solutions for an increasingly complex digital world. In addition to services from the cloud, the range of services is centred on M2M and security solutions, complementary mobile communications and fixed network products, and solutions for virtual collaboration and IT platforms, all of which form the basis for its customers' digital business models.

With approximately 47 800 employees worldwide, T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 8.6 billion in the 2014 financial year.

Since the inception of T-Systems in South Africa in 1997, the company has cemented its position as one of the most successful T-Systems companies outside of Europe. A leading ICT outsourcing service provider locally, T-Systems offers end-to-end ICT solutions in both the ICT operations and systems integration markets. Its extensive portfolio of services covers the vertical, horizontal, IT and TC space. T-Systems South Africa's head office is located in Midrand, with another major office in Cape Town, and 20 further representative offices in locations throughout southern Africa.


Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. Its aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecoms and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170 000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecoms operators, enterprises and consumers. Its innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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