AT&T and Microsoft have announced a new multi-year collaboration to use cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and 5G to improve the way people live and work.
By 2024, AT&T aims to becomes a ‘public cloud first’ company by migrating it non-network workloads to the public cloud. Now, as part of the deal, Microsoft Azure will be the preferred cloud for AT&T for all the non-network applications. It will also support AT&T in merging the data center infrastructure and operations.
“AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people,” said John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications. “By working together on common efforts around 5G, the cloud, and AI, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and impact for our customers and our communities.”
AT&T will also use Microsoft 365 suite for its workforce.
Furthermore, Microsoft will assist the telecom firm in delivering 5G networks in the US. It will help AT&T to design, build, and test edge-computing capabilities. The edge computing and lower-latency 5G connectivity will enable processing of data closer to the devices.
“The world’s leading companies run on our cloud, and we are delighted that AT&T chose Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together, we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT&T’s workforce collaborates and to shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.
The new collaboration between Microsoft and AT&T will also benefit the mutual customers, as the companies bring integrated industry solutions in the areas of voice, collaboration, intelligent edge, IoT, cyber security, etc.