August 15, 2022
Microsoft’s cloud used by AT&T to power the Core 5G network

Microsoft and AT&T said on Wednesday that the carrier will run core parts of its 5G wireless networks on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.

The new generation of the network, which AT&T introduced in 2018, is designed to rely more heavily on software and data centers to route traffic, rather than telecommunications-specific gear.

Microsoft, which analysts believe is the second-largest cloud computing provider by revenue behind rival Amazon Web Services, is building out the distinctive cloud computing offering to go after the carrier, and AT&T Redmond, The Washington-based company has its first major win.

The two also said that Microsoft would buy software and intellectual property developed by AT&T to help prepare its offerings for carriers. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deals, but said Microsoft would offer jobs to several hundred AT&T engineers.

The deal is worth $ 2 billion (about Rs 14,875.27 crore). compromise In 2019 in which AT&T said it would begin using Microsoft’s cloud for software development and other tasks. At the time, AT&T said it would continue to run its core networking operations in its private data centers.

AT&T’s chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch said moving to a public cloud vendor would allow AT&T to take advantage of a larger ecosystem of software developers who are working on technologies such as making more use of expensive 5G spectrum or allowing users to access the cloud. Creating new features for

“That’s what we want to do at AT&T, and we think we get that advantage from working with Microsoft,” Feutsch told Reuters in an interview.

Microsoft intends to use the newly acquired technology — as well as experience helping AT&T run networks — to create a product it calls Azure for Operators, which it will use to connect with telecommunications companies in 60 regions of the world. Core network will do after business. where it operates.

“I think we’ll have operators around the planet that are quite interested in that,” Jason Zander, executive vice president of Microsoft Azure, said in an interview.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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