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Nigeria’s Ekovolt gets Microsoft funding to provide affordable Internet and Cloud Services

by Milicent Atieno
Nigeria’s Ekovolt gets Microsoft funding to provide affordable Internet and Cloud Services

Through Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, a Nigeria-based telecommunication and Information Technology company, Ekovolt has secured seed funding to scale up its operations.

Ekovolt deals in providing internet and cloud services and Microsoft wants the firm its services at affordable prices to users in Nigeria. Using the funds, Ekovolt is set to roll out affordable internet and cloud solutions to companies and individuals living in the underserved regions in Nigeria.

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Among those set to benefit from Ekovolt affordable services, are SMEs who can leverage on the affordable cloud services and bundled products to scale their operations. That will give them the platform to expand their businesses processes dramatically.

Also included in the grant, are Microsoft products running on Azure such as Microsoft Office 365, Skype for Business, and Skype among other apps.

Emeka Ebo, the Managing Director at Ekovolt, in a statement said, “We have always been passionate about providing the very best possible wireless broadband and technology services at the most affordable prices, so we are incredibly proud to be part of this noble initiative as we truly believe in this and commend Microsoft for leading affordable access globally.

We very much look forward to making an impact through the Affordable Access Initiative here at home (Nigeria).”

In as far as having ICT services package for businesses, Ekovolt provided affordable dedicated and reliable internet connections. Alongside other packages like email, web hosting, storage and secure shared online workspaces. All of which, are tailor-made to suit the needs of a startup company looking to scale its operations by leveraging on ICT tools.

Ekovolt also plans to roll out internet connectivity using TV white spaces and has already embarked on doing some dry runs on the same.

Peggy Johnson, the Executive VP of Business Development at Microsoft has this to say: “With more than half of the world’s population lacking access to the internet, connectivity is a global challenge that demands creative problem solving.

By using technology that’s available now and partnering with local entrepreneurs who understand the needs of their communities, our hope is to create sustainable solutions that will not only have impact today but also in the years to come.”

Ekovolt Telco Ltd. began operations back in December 2014 and has set itself on the course to deliver and redefine broadband service provision in Nigeria. It has also come up with custom solutions tailor-made to the needs of its clients operating in the following industries; Education, Finance, Healthcare, Legal, Public Safety, Religious Organizations, and Travel.

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