A new cloud platform was launched by Microsoft Corp recently that enables telecom operators to develop 5G networks quicker, decrease expenditures, and sell personalized services to business clients. The company is collaborating with AT&T, Telstra, and Verizon to enable operators to build and sell new 5G products. Microsoft Corp. wants to sell more cloud services to telecom companies so that they can offer new products as wireless companies advance to the 5G network standard.
China’s Huawei [HWT.UL] has been banned by the U.S. government from its telecom network and big American companies like Microsoft are pushed to get more involved with 5G. From self-driving cars to remote surgery and more automated manufacturing, 5G is a technology that enables it all.
The new platform is going to be on Azure – Microsoft’s flagship cloud computing business is predicted to reduce expenses by 30%-40% in some cases. Along with general-purpose cloud-computing services, the company also wants to sell more products from two 5G telecom software providers it developed this year. As per Microsoft, it will decrease infrastructure charges, provide flexibility to increase services on demand, and automate operations with the help of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has already partnered with companies including telecom operators like Verizon and AT&T as well as network equipment firms like Samsung and Mavenir to either use or sell the new platform to clients. The company’s step will boost competition for current 5G service vendors such as Nokia and Ericsson.
The major network for business and consumer devices that will be fifth-generation, or 5G, which will enable faster data speed, prompt response times, and the capacity to connect a series of formerly unconnected electronics. Telecom operators can use the cloud services of Microsoft to strengthen their latest products depending on 5G’s improved capabilities.
Providers can run their overall systems efficiently by using cloud services and also save money on things such as running applications, storing data, and analyzing information that is coming from networks as they don’t have to invest in their own equipment for those tasks. In addition to decreasing the costs of running these networks, there will also be amazing new business opportunities.
Microsoft has been working on 5G services with AT&T, rival while Amazon has a collaborating with Verizon Communications Inc. Microsoft is also working with Verizon on the new Azure effort. Other partners include Intel Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Recently, Microsoft has paid $1.35 billion for Affirmed Networks, which assists in developing virtual networks for telecom customers with the help of 5G technology.