Yousef Khalidi, Head of Microsoft Azure Networking, talks about “Building our Telecom DNA”

Yousef Khalidi, Microsoft’s senior vice president of Azure networking, told CRN in an interview that partners will play an important role in Microsoft, and carriers such as AT&T will bring new Edge products to market and 5G.

Microsoft this week announced a slew of updates to its 5G and edge product suite — including expanded access to Azure Public Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) — at the MWC Barcelona mobile communications trade show.

MWC, also known as Mobile World Congress, is being held in Barcelona in person this year from February 28 to March 3.

“On both the private MEC and the public MEC, there’s definitely a need for the partner ecosystem beyond ‘independent software vendors (ISVs),'” Khalidi said in a phone interview. of these solutions require a degree of integration that only partners can truly achieve.”


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Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, Cognizant, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tech Mahindra are among global systems integrators working with Microsoft on 5G offerings, according to the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant.

Competition over 5G and edge cloud-enabled technologies appears to be heating up among major cloud providers, with Microsoft and cloud rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.

Microsoft and AWS have made significant investments in growing their telecommunications offerings. AWS participates in several sessions around 5G and the cloud at MWC Barcelona. AWS CEO Adam Selipsky told CRN that telecommunications is a vertical of interest. Selipsky will deliver a keynote at MWC on March 1.

The two companies have partnered with Verizon on public and private mobile edge computing. In April, AWS and Verizon announced private multi-access computing (MEC) for enterprises.

Last summer, Microsoft and AT&T entered into an agreement that brings the operator’s 5G workloads to the Azure for Operators platform and gives AT&T access to cloud, artificial intelligence and technology. tip from Microsoft to help launch new 5G-enabled services.

In November, AWS announced a preview of its 5G private managed services offering.

AT&T and Google, widely considered the No. 3 cloud behind AWS and Microsoft, also announced joint 5G and edge offerings last year.

Here’s what Khalidi had to say about Microsoft diving deeper into 5G and the edge.