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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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Some Partner Opportunities Already Available

For Microsoft partners already involved in edge applications, Hakl said they can look at Microsoft’s private multi-access edge compute (MEC) offer.

Introduced in June, Azure MEC is a partner initiative to empower operators, system operators and ISVs to develop Microsoft-validated Azure private MEC customer solutions. The goal is to simplify network connectivity and applications on-boarding to get more value out of edge assets in remote locations with minimal disruption to the business model, according to a Microsoft statement last month.

“They have the ability to define how their software comes together better leveraging 5G or private 4G networking technology along with edge compute,” Hakl told CRN. “We’re happy to work with them to prove that out to customers, so bring it on. That’s an area of intense interest for our customers.”

 
 
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