back to article Microsoft pushes ahead adapting Azure for 5G telecoms after swallowing AT&T's Network Cloud

Microsoft has given more info on its efforts to draw telcos to its Azure cloud platform, building on intellectual property and skills gained from last year's partnership with AT&T, under which the telco opted to move its core 5G network operations to Azure. Microsoft announced Azure for Operators in 2020, saying it was adding …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Big Brother

    So that's it, then

    The CloudTM has its teeth in our communications.

    One more venue for the NSA to spy on us all.

  2. Kapsalon


    Let's hope that AT&T is the only provider moving to Azure, if more move over and Azure has an outage again it gets pretty dark out there!

    1. Jellied Eel Silver badge

      Re: SPOF

      It's been a while since I looked at mobile operator's market share in the US. But telecoms there kinda suffered after the break up the nuclear capable Ma Bell. Which fissioned into daughter products, each with their own region. Who then tried to regain critical mass by merging again. And then to add more complexity, lots of small spectrum licenses to rent & manage.

      And then there's the rest of the world.

      So Microsoft's global reach probably isn't interesting to many network operators, because most of those aren't global. What may be more pertinent is listing Azure outages by 'region' and duration. And then looking at how much each country's regulator could fine the operator for each outage.

      I kinda get why AT&T is doing it. They're desperate. But for many others, less so. And the capex/opex for servers in a mobile network isn't much in the grand scheme of things. And MS certainly isn't at the edge of those networks. Unless by edge, MS means of it because Azure will be in another country. Often connected by 3rd party capacity, making SDN 'benefits' a tad challenging.

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