Microsoft Ramps up Azure 5G Efforts, Buys Metaswitch Networks

Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a provider of virtualized network software and voice, data and communications solutions for operators, for an undisclosed sum of money. The convergence of cloud and communication networks would present a unique opportunity for Microsoft to serve telecom operators globally.

This announcement would build on Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Affirmed Networks, which closed on April 23, 2020. Metaswitch’s complementary portfolio of “ultra-high-performance”, cloud-native communications software would expand Microsoft’s range of offerings available for the telecommunications industry.

As the industry moves to 5G, telecom operators would have opportunities to advance the virtualization of their core networks and move forward on a path to an increasingly cloud-native future.

Microsoft intends to leverage the talent and technology of Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch Networks, extending the Azure platform to both deploy and grow these capabilities at scale in a way that would be “secure and efficient while creating a sustainable ecosystem.”

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