Microsoft acquires Metaswitch Networks as it sharpens its 5G focus

The US software giant will acquire Metaswitch Networks for an undisclosed fee

Microsoft, Metaswitch Networks, 5G, Telecoms, Cloud

US software giant Microsoft has announced that it has reached a deal to acquire telecoms tech specialists Metaswitch Networks.

The deal is being interpreted as a sign of Microsoft’s desire to play a more prominent role in helping telcos rollout and scale up their fledgling 5G offerings.

The convergence of cloud and communication networks presents a unique opportunity for Microsoft to serve operators globally via continued investment in Azure, adding additional depth to our hyperscale cloud infrastructure with the specialised software required to run virtualised communication functions, applications and networks,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure Networking, Microsoft, in an online blog post.

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Microsoft has been on something of an acquisition spree over the last twelve months, recently acquiring Affirmed Networks to boost its exposure to the telecoms sector.

The gargantuan $31 billion acquisition of Red Hat, who already has an extensive portfolio of telco clients, was a real signal of intent from the US giant.   

“Microsoft intends to leverage the talent and technology of these two organisations, extending the Azure platform to both deploy and grow these capabilities at scale in a way that is secure, efficient and creates a sustainable ecosystem,” he added.

“As the industry moves to 5G, operators will have opportunities to advance the virtualisation of their core networks and move forward on a path to an increasingly cloud-native future. Microsoft will continue to meet customers where they are, working together with the industry as operators and network equipment providers evolve their own operations.”

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