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5 Things Partners Need To Know About The Microsoft- AT&T 5G Deal

The trend of software-defined networking and the opportunity to join 5G and cloud technologies made the AT&T deal appealing and gives Microsoft’s telecom cloud a leap forward, Shawn Hakl, Microsoft’s vice president of 5G strategy, tells CRN.

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Microsoft Expands Telco Reach

The tech giant’s telecommunications presence has traditionally been back-office support for telecom IT departments and as a reseller, Hakl said. But the trend of software-defined networking and opportunity to join 5G and cloud technologies made the AT&T deal appealing and gives Microsoft’s telecom cloud a leap forward.

“What AT&T has made the decision to do is to allow us to take over their network cloud and transform them to Azure for Operators,” he said. “We’ve extended offers to AT&T employees that work on network cloud today to come join the team at Microsoft as well as we’ll be taking some of the IP.”

“When they [AT&T] first started network cloud a few years ago, it was because there wasn’t an option for a hybrid cloud to operate,” he continued. “They’ve got years of experience at learning what’s specific about telco, what it takes to support the tier-one scaling requirements, what it means to be carrier-grade.”

 
 
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