7 Big Microsoft, AT&T Announcements From MWC Barcelona
Wade Tyler Millward
Azure Operator Distributed Services, Azure Operator 5G Core, Azure Private 5G Core and Azure public MEC are among the products to receive updates at MWC Barcelona
Microsoft announced major new offerings for its cloud products aimed at telecommunications companies this week during MWC Barcelona mobile communications trade show.
The new offerings follow on Microsoft’s acquisition of AT&T’s network cloud organization, announced last summer.
MWC, also known as Mobile World Congress, is held in person this year from Feb. 28 to March 3.
In a statement, Francesco Venturini, Microsoft’s chief vice president for the media and communications industry, said that Microsoft technology and developer ecosystem is powering carrier-grade hybrid cloud platform, voice core, mobile core, multi-access edge compute (MEC) and other next-generation communications technology. These technologies “empower operators to modernize their networks, drive down costs, and create new services and business models,” he said.
Thanks to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), “the use of cloud technology within the core network is becoming a reality,” Venturini said. “Our vision of offering the operator an open and interoperable ecosystem built using hyperscaler technology, highly automated operations, and scalable infrastructure will be highly attractive.”
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