Etisalat, Microsoft to launch 5G enterprise multi-access edge computing

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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UAE-based multinational telecom services operator Etisalat and American multinational technology company Microsoft have collaborated to unlock new 5G scenarios with Azure multi-access edge compute.

According to the company statement, the partnership will create 5G edge compute plug-and-play infrastructures for enterprises to run industry solutions by leveraging the power of Etisalat Core Orchestration and Azure ARM capabilities.

Edge computing is projected to revolutionize a number of industries, by lowering latency and enabling a variety of applications to deliver fast and secure 5G, IoT, and AI applications.

Naim Yazbeck
Naim Yazbeck
Regional Director – EPG
Microsoft UAE

“We are proud of the synergy achieved between Etisalat’s advanced 5G capabilities and our Azure Edge and MEC services to unlock a whole new range of distributed applications with a common and consistent architecture for Enterprise customers. Azure MEC offers service providers and customers the same set of tools to build and manage their cloud infrastructure. Our customers can maximize their efforts by employing a “build once and deploy many” strategy to optimize their investments.”

“Etisalat Edge Computing solutions will help customers transform the way they operate, especially transportation, smart manufacturing, logistics, and Oil & Gas. This drastically increases the value for traditional networks to transition into 5G to develop intelligent and autonomous next-generation technology that unlocks potential opportunities to our customers,” said Mr. Khaled Al Suwaidi, Vice President Fixed and Mobile Core at Etisalat.

This latest partnership builds on Etisalat’s successful partnership with Microsoft last year when the two companies collaborated to drive a public cloud-first strategy through a digital transformation program that allowed the telecommunications company to develop a platform infused with automation and AI.+

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