One of the big selling points of a 5G network is reducing the waittime. Little is known, however, that in many cases this is achieved by moving computing resources closer to the user by so-called “edge computing”. The good news is that software giant Microsoft has just revealed that it is partnering with US carrier AT?amp;T to drive new technology for edge-of-network computing (NEC). By combining the advantages of both parties, users of both AT?amp;T 5G and Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform can benefit.
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It is reported that Microsoft and AT?amp;T will first pilot NEC technology in some of the dallas customers’ groups, and hope to expand to more customers in the Los Angeles and Atlanta areas within the year.
In addition to improving the overall customer experience, the benefits of NEC technology include:
(1) Increase connectivity with a network cloud platform based on the definition and visualization of 5G core services based on the at-amp;T software;
(2) Hosting Microsoft Azure services closer to the customer and the EDGE computing resources of the AT?amp;T to reduce the connectivity and communication delays of the device;
(3) Enable innovative solutions that were previously difficult to reach by deploying Microsoft Azure services closer to customers and devices.
In summary, Microsoft and AT?amp;T can take full advantage of Network Edge Compute to provide infrastructure support for future innovations across industries.
The first to activate the 400 Gb connection between Dallas and Atlanta, and has moved away from the proof-of-concept (POC) phase.
It is reported that the company is currently serving 21 cities in the United States through its own 5G network and plans to expand further by the end of the year.