Thursday, July 1, 2021

AT&T To Run Its Mobility Network on Microsoft’s Azure Platform

 AT&T announced yesterday it will move its 5G mobile network to the Microsoft cloud. The alliance provides a path for all of AT&T’s mobile network traffic to be managed using Microsoft Azure technologies. The companies will start with AT&T’s 5G core, the software at the heart of the 5G network, that connects mobile users and IoT devices with internet and other services. AT&T said the move is designed to increase productivity and cost efficiency while focusing on the delivery of large-scale network services that meet its customers’ evolving needs.

Microsoft, in turn, will gain access to AT&T’s intellectual property and technical expertise to grow its telecom flagship offering, Azure for Operators. Microsoft is acquiring AT&T’s carrier-grade Network Cloud platform technology, which AT&T’s 5G core network runs on. AT&T’s Network Cloud platform has been running AT&T’s 5G core at scale since the company launched 5G in 2018. This move brings real-world production 5G workloads to Azure for Operators. Continue Reading

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