AT&T Intends to Run Its Mobility Network on Microsoft's Azure for Operators Cloud

Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Microsoft will make job offers to the Network Cloud platform engineering team. The decision is consistent with Microsoft's commitment to continual, customer-driven innovation. Azure for Operators will assist operators worldwide in providing highly reliable, cost-effective, and secure 5G services to consumer and enterprise customers.

FREMONT, CA: AT&T intends to migrate its 5G mobile network to the Microsoft cloud. This strategic partnership paves the way for all of AT&T's mobile network traffic to be controlled using Microsoft Azure capabilities. AT&T's 5G core, the software at the heart of the 5G network that connects mobile users as well as IoT devices to the internet and other services, will be the first to be used. By moving present and future network workloads to Azure for Operators, AT&T will be able to boost productivity and cost efficiency while focusing on the delivery of large-scale network services that meet the increasing needs of its customers.

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In exchange, Microsoft will gain access to AT&T's intellectual property and technical expertise in order to expand its flagship telecom offering, Azure for Operators. Microsoft is acquiring AT&T's carrier-grade Network Cloud platform technology, which is the foundation of AT&T's 5G core network. Since the company's 5G launch in 2018, AT&T's Network Cloud platform has been running AT&T's 5G core at scale. This move provides real-world production 5G workloads for operators to Azure. Microsoft will make job offers to the Network Cloud platform engineering team. The decision is consistent with Microsoft's commitment to continual, customer-driven innovation. Azure for Operators will assist operators worldwide in providing highly reliable, cost-effective, and secure 5G services to consumer and enterprise customers.

"AT&T has one of the world's most powerful global backbone networks serving hundreds of millions of subscribers. Our Network Cloud team has proved that running a network in the cloud drives speed, security, cost improvements and innovation. Microsoft's decision to acquire these assets is a testament to AT&T's leadership in network virtualization, culture of innovation, and realization of a telco-grade cloud stack," stated Andre Fuetsch, executive vice president and chief technology officer, AT&T. "The next step is making this capability accessible to operators around the world and ensuring it has the resources behind it to continue to evolve and improve. And do it securely. Microsoft's cloud expertise and global reach make them the perfect fit for this next phase."

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