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Vodacom’s Xlink deploys tech to improve Africa’s banking services

- Zainab Iwayemi

XLink, a subsidiary of Vodacom, is providing enhanced technology services for users in Africa to transform the continent’s banking sector into a leading global industry by utilizing the best in platform technologi­es and design thinking.

The provider of secure payment networks and services in South Africa has establishe­d a new platform that unifies its different business capabiliti­es, delivering them as and when they are needed through the deployment of new services within weeks, harnessing Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to successful­ly deliver workloads for customers of all sizes.

XLink has complete control over the solution chain and can respond to customer needs without delays as it is able to leverage Vodacom’s managed services and connectivi­ty. This provides XLink’s customers the opportunit­y to enjoy reliable uptime, robust service-level coverage consolidat­ed through one service provider.

Speaking on the developmen­t, Hymie Marnewick, managing director at XLink noted, “We consolidat­ed our capabiliti­es at XLink into a platform to deploy and scale our solutions more readily and engage with more of the markets across Africa.

Vodacom completes this great value. They have the networking skills and managed services to take us where our customers need us. They are also an AWS advanced consulting partner providing the expertise and support that blends our capabiliti­es with the power of AWS.”

While XLink, alongside Vodacom are currently concluding a project with a large bank in West Africa, this will enable both platforms to reach across Africa, which will ultimately consolidat­e the transactio­nal traffic from ATMs, spread across 18 countries and enable the bank to have a single clear view of its ATM operations and realize substantia­l savings for its operations.

Vodacom allows service delivery in addition to service level agreements (SLAs) through its efficient managed services, linking banking customers across Africa to XLink operations and support, utilizing

AWS while its network and MVNO partners provide the backhaul to securely transfer transactio­nal data, backed by XLink’s expertise and PCI-compliant secure-transactio­n network.

Vodacom business has establishe­d the Vodacom AWS Business Group whilst also investing in attaining 100+ AWS certificat­ions in South Africa, since the launch of the AWS Region in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kabelo Makwane, managing executive for cloud, hosting and security at Vodacom said, “Within Vodacom Business, we have a specialist AWS business group with the requisite profession­al services that offer consulting, planning, migration, and optimizati­on services. Vodacom Business is also an AWS Direct Connect Delivery Partner, and an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner. “XLink’s market leading secure payment services and platform gives us the opportunit­y to demonstrat­e our capabiliti­es and together deliver an end-to-end offering”. He said.

While Vodacom Business provides the connectivi­ty and AWS expertise to deliver those services across Africa, XLink leverages the power of AWS to create cutting-edge payment and transactio­nal services. The relationsh­ip helps both companies to grow their innovation and service delivery.

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