Mobile telecommunications company, MTN has launched its cloud storage service in South Africa.

MTN’s cloud service will provide customers with unlimited cloud storage capacity for a ZAR 99 monthly fee. The service is available for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers on the MTN platform.

According to MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Larry Annetts, the cloud service will enable “subscribers … seamlessly access and share all their files such as photos, videos and documents remotely on any device using a mobile cloud app from anywhere in the world.”

The company has assured that the cloud service is encrypted to ensure security of the subscribers data. However, the high rate of cybercrime; in recent times, might make users approach the cloud storage idea with caution.

Users can opt out of the MTN cloud service and will be given a 30 days grace period to retrieve their data from the cloud. However, customers will not be able to add on files to the cloud during this 30-day window.

MTN’s move into cloud storage has being a gradual one , starting with their initial partnership with Google in Nigeria through an initiative dubbed GNBO (Get Nigerian Businesses Online) before moving on to kick-off their own web hosting service, and subsequently started “anything as a service” where it invested in data centers powering cloud services. Just in January, the telco had announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services so as to leverage on the AWS cloud.

MTN’s cloud storage app is available for Android and iOS devices.

MTN customers in South Africa can subscribe for the service here.

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