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Du to deploy its own cloud infrastructure

UAE telco is in the process of selecting a vendor for deployment

Hatem Bamatraf, EVP enterprise, du.
Hatem Bamatraf, EVP enterprise, du.

UAE telco du is in the final stages of selecting a vendor to deploy its own cloud infrastructure.

The operator already offers various cloud-based services for its enterprise customers using the infrastructure of partners, but sees significant benefits to also owning its own cloud infrastructure, Hatem Bamatraf, du's EVP of enterprise, told CommsMEA.

Bamatraf revealed that du is also now in "the final stage of evaluation" for selecting a vendor and supplier for building its own cloud computing infrastructure.

"It is the classical approach of going to implement a cloud infrastructure; you have to go to RFP and then you have to evaluate."

Du expects to make a decision before the end of the year. "By the end of the year we will decide on the vendor, the project plan and how long it will take us to build," he said.

Bamatraf added that in terms of the customer experience, du's provision of cloud services will not change as a result of having its own infrastructure and the service will still be managed in the same way, with a partner.

"We thought that it is appropriate for us to have our own cloud infrastructure and offer it as a service to enterprise," he said.

"From a service perspective we are already there; it is just that when we build our own infrastructure we are not going to change our SLAs and KPIs. The user won't see a difference. Our own business and margins will be different."