AT&T, Microsoft expand 5G, Network Edge alliance2019-11-29 17:37 by Daniela
Tags: AT&T, Microsoft
AT&T and Microsoft announced that they will roll out Network Edge Compute (NEC) technology at AT&T network edge locations for select customers in Dallas. Customers in Los Angeles and Atlanta will be able to preview NEC technology next year, according to a news release.
"With our 5G and edge computing, AT&T is collaborating uniquely with Microsoft to marry their cloud capabilities with our network to create lower latency between the device and the cloud that will unlock new, future scenarios for consumers and businesses," Mo Katibeh, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of AT&T Business, said in a statement. "We've said all year developers and businesses will be the early 5G adopters, and this puts both at the forefront of this revolution."
Microsoft recently activated an industry-first 400-gigabit connection between Dallas and Atlanta to support video, gaming and other 5G needs. AT&T serves parts of 21 cities with its 5G network using millimeter wave spectrum, which it dubs 5G+, and plans to offer nationwide 5G in the first half of 2020 using 850 MHz spectrum.
In addition to the tech partnership, the companies said in July they would team up on "social good" initiatives. There was no mention of any social good projects in today’s update, but the companies have said they are both focused on "addressing sustainability, accessibility, and community challenges such as homelessness and see an opportunity to support each other’s work to address urgent social needs."
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