Emirates Telecommunication Group Company (Etisalat) and Microsoft have joined forces to unlock new 5G scenarios with Azure Multi-access Edge Computer as part of their strategic partnership.
The Emirati-based telecommunications services provider said in a press release that the new collaboration with Microsoft’s digital crime unit (DCU) will further strengthen digital security in the region to meet the fast-growing demand for threat intelligence.
The partnership leverages the capabilities of Etisalat Core Orchestration and Azure ARM to create a 5G edge computing plug-and-play infrastructure for enterprises to run industry solutions.
Edge computing technology aims to revolutionize many industries, reduce latency, and enable the entire hosting of applications to deliver fast and secure 5G, IoT, and AI applications.
“Etisalat Edge Computing solutions will help customers transform the way they operate, especially transportation, smart manufacturing, logistics, and Oil & Gas,” said Khaled Al Suwaidi, vice president Fixed and Mobile Core at Etisalat. “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.”
“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,” said Naim Yazbeck, regional director, Enterprise and Partner Group (EPG), Microsoft UAE.
According to the release, this latest collaboration is a continuation of last year’s successful partnership, when Etisalat teamed up with Microsoft to drive a public cloud-first strategy through a digital transformation program that enabled the telecommunications provider to build a platform infused with automation and AI.