Microsoft has strengthened the 5G credentials of its Azure public cloud platform by acquiring Metaswitch Networks.
Metaswitch Networks is a specialist for virtualized network software as well as voice, data and communication services for operators. His technology and expertise will be used to expand Microsoft Azure’s telecommunications portfolio as demand for cloud-based 5G core services increases.
5G promises ultra-fast speeds, improved capacity and extremely low latency that enable a variety of new business, consumer and government applications. This is an important opportunity for mobile operators to increase and diversify their sources of income.
With 5G, however, operators have to transform networks from the centralized legacy core infrastructure towards the cloud. By virtualizing network functions, operators can introduce new services faster, dynamically allocate resources where they are most needed, and bring processing functions closer to the point of collection.
The cloud also helps operators reduce their operating costs and reduce capital expenditure. In addition to the potential new revenue streams, 5G will also reduce the cost per bit of transmission.
According to Microsoft, the acquisition of Metaswitch Networks, along with the earlier purchase of Affirmed Networks, will help better serve the customers of the operators and work with telecommunications equipment manufacturers.
“The convergence of cloud and communications networks offers Microsoft a unique opportunity to serve operators worldwide through continued investment in Azure and our hyperscale cloud infrastructure with the specialized software required to perform virtualized communications functions, applications and networks, add depth, “said Yoused Kahalidi, Azure Networking Director at Microsoft.
“With the transition of the industry to 5G, the operators have the opportunity to advance the virtualization of their core networks and to pave the way into an increasingly cloud-native future. Microsoft will continue to meet customers where they are and work with the industry as operators and network equipment providers develop their own processes. “