Microsoft continues to hone its 5G focus with acquisition of Affirmed Networks

Published: 31 March 2020 - 10:35 a.m.

US software giant, Microsoft, has continued its expansion into the telecom network arena, with the acquisition of network supply firm, Affirmed Networks.

Affirmed networks produces a range of network tech for operators around the world and counts Orange and Softbank among its international client base.

“At Microsoft, we intend to empower the telecommunications industry as it continues its move to 5G and support both network equipment manufacturers and operators in their efforts to find solutions that are faster, easier and cost effective. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Affirmed Networks. Affirmed Networks’ fully virtualised, cloud-native mobile network solutions enable operators to simplify network operations, reduce costs and rapidly create and launch new revenue-generating services,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure networking at Microsoft.

The agreement is yet another example of Microsoft expanding into the telecoms space. Last month, the company signed an agreement with Etisalat in the UAE to provide it with a range of 5G solutions, including mobile edge computing and hybrid cloud deployment. The acquisition of an established player like Affirmed Network will help Microsoft to consolidate this move.

“This acquisition will allow us to evolve our work with the telecommunications industry, building on our secure and trusted cloud platform for operators. With Affirmed Networks, we will be able to offer new and innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of operators, including managing their network workloads in the cloud,” he added.

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