Microsoft acquires 5G specialist firm Affirmed Networks #52014

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Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Affirmed Networks in a bid to broaden its reach within the telecommunications sector ahead of the 5G roll-out.

"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", said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Azure Networking, in a Microsoft blog post.

Microsoft today announced that is has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Affirmed Networks, the industry leader in the virtualization of mobile networks.

"Previous generations of wireless networks have been based on purpose-built hardware".


The amount of the deal was not disclosed. "What we are seeing now is the convergence of the cloud, the network edge and 5G all happening in real time and the hyperscalers are jockeying for position in this next shift in the cloud market". "We delivered on that vision by bringing market-leading innovation in virtual evolved packet core; a cloud-native platform for 5G; and a range of capabilities in automation and orchestration that made us a leader with over 100 customers across the globe".

Affirmed Networks provides a software platform called UnityCloud that provides tools for managing carrier networks. Affirmed solutions enable operators achieve as much as a 90% reduction in operational costs through virtualization. Deployed in over 85 networks worldwide including Tier 1 operators such as AT&T, Vodafone, Du, Digicel, Etisalat, Softbank, Turkcell and more, the company's webscale solutions allow operators to transform the economics of deploying and scaling 3G, 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi mobile services.

Nick McQuire, Vice President, Enterprise Research, CCS Insight below regarding Microsoft's acquisition of Affirmed Networks, said: "The acquisition of Affirmed Networks is the biggest statement yet by a hyperscaler into 5G and telco transformation opportunities".

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