Microsoft and Samsung are working together on an end-to-end, Cloud-based private 5G network solution.
As a part of the collaboration, the two companies plan to advance the virtualisation of 5G solutions, which will include the deployment of Samsung’s virtualised RAN, virtualised Core, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technologies on Microsoft Azure.
According to the two companies, the goal of the collaboration is to drive innovation that lowers the barrier to entry for deployment of private 5G networks in enterprises—including entertainment venues such as stadiums.
“Microsoft is pleased to work with Samsung to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks in enterprises. The combination of Microsoft Azure and Samsung’s virtualised 5G offerings will enable new solutions and lower the barriers to entry for private 5G networks for our mutual customers across retail, manufacturing, entertainment and many other industries,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure for Operators, Microsoft Corp.
The partnership with Samsung is part of Microsoft’s plan to work with more telco’s on the rollout of 5G, with a view to bringing Cloud and edge technologies closer using Azure.
According to Microsoft Azure executive vice president Jason Zander, the company intends to help operators unlock the potential of 5G by enabling them to offer a range of new services such as “ultra-reliable low-latency connectivity, mixed reality communications services, network slicing and highly scalable IoT applications.”