Microsoft Azure: A Catalyst for Private 5G Networks
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Microsoft Azure: A Catalyst for Private 5G Networks

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Cinthya Alaniz Salazar By Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Wed, 03/02/2022 - 17:54

At the kickoff of the MWC 2022, Microsoft confirmed eight multilateral 5G network deployment projects with telecommunication partners across the globe. Its carrier grade, cloud to edge hybrid platform, Azure Operator Distributed Service, is helping carriers including AT&T, Telefonica and Qualcomm to move away from legacy systems and begin monetizing their investment in 5G and edge technologies. By serving as a cornerstone for multiple carriers Microsoft is ensuring its market share while simultaneously helping incite 5G network adoption and use.

“Open collaboration is key to the development of new and innovative high value 5G use cases that will equip our customers with the tools they need for digital transformation. This is part of Nokia’s continued commitment to leading an open mobile future, making it simple for our customers to take advantage of the 5G world, helping to drive it forward,” said Chris D. Jones, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Strategy and Technology, Nokia

This solution differs from its older operators’ 2020 initiative and the private multi-access edge compute (MEC) 2021 models by complementing their best features with its acquired AT&T technology, Network Cloud. By combining the capabilities of these technologies, Azure will be able to meet the security, resiliency, manageability and performance requirements operators need to achieve meaningful results from the ongoing digital transformation. In practical application, operators will be able to run all of their workloads including core, RAN, mobile, voice core, OSS and BSS on a single carrier platform. Azure created added value to its operators by enabling them to create and add new services to their networks, allowing them to monetize on new developments while gaining consumer insights needed to facilitate proactive decision-making.

“Combining the high bandwidth and low latency of 5G with cloud and edge compute capabilities opens an entirely new world of opportunities for businesses and other organizations to serve their customers in new ways. This will enable entirely new use cases in manufacturing, retail, health care, automotive, touching virtually every industry vertical. AT&T’s collaboration with Microsoft is about enabling organizations to harness the power of 5G, cloud and edge quickly with the ability to scale on demand,” said Rasesh Patel, Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Platform Officer, AT&T.

5G is beginning to arrive in Mexico thanks to América Móvil, Telcel and other major players but the blooming technology still has room for growth in the country.

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