AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) To Shift 5G Mobile Network To The Microsoft Cloud

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), a pioneering Telecommunications firm, will be migrating its 5G mobile network to the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) cloud. The Azure technologies of Microsoft will manage the mobile network traffic of AT&T. The process will begin with the 5G core of AT&T. 5G core connects IoT devices & mobile users with the internet. 

Why To Migrate?

Migrating the network workloads to Azure for Operators will facilitate AT&T in enhancing productivity & cost-efficiency.  Thanks to the partnership, Microsoft will get access to the intellectual property & technical expertise of AT&T. This will facilitate Microsoft in enhancing its telecom flagship offering. In addition, Microsoft said that the Azure for Operators would facilitate it in helping operators deliver secure, highly reliable, & cost-effective 5G services to enterprise customers & consumers.

Acquiring The Platforms

Microsoft will acquire Carrier-grade Network Cloud platform technology of AT&T. The Network Cloud platform of AT&T has been running 5G core since the firm launched 5G in 2018. Moreover, Microsoft will also acquire engineering & lifecycle management software of AT&T. To run containerized or virtualized network services, the software develops & deploys a carrier-grade cloud.

Although the companies made the announcement regarding migrating the network workloads to Azure, they did not reveal the financial terms. 

Building World’s Robust Global Network

Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer of AT&T, said that AT&T is one of the world’s robust global backbone networks and serves millions of subscribers. He also said that their Network Cloud team runs the network in the cloud to enhance security & speed. In addition, the decision by Microsoft to join hands with AT&T will further boost the culture of innovation of AT&T.

By leveraging the hybrid & hyperscale infrastructure of Microsoft, AT&T will try to expand its wings and enhance customer relationships. The company is also looking to decrease development & engineering costs and launch 5 G-enabled services. 

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Published by Lisa Ray

Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Purdue University and 3 years of experience in the publishing field.

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