Microsoft has signed an agreement with AT & T whereby it will become the cloud service provider of the US communications giant.
According to what specialized media have reported, this alliance is valued at more than 2,000 million dollars.
Microsoft and AT & T have reported that this “strategic alliance” will allow them to advance innovation in fields such as the cloud, artificial intelligence and the 5G network, which will mean that from now on, the more than 250,000 workers of the Dallas (Texas) company , USA) use software from the Windows creative firm.
AT & T plans to integrate Azure’s infrastructure – the second most used in the market, just behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) – in the day to day of its operations in the cloud, and will use the software package in its offices for productivity and security Microsoft 365.
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, said that “the world’s leading companies use our cloud and we are delighted that AT & T has chosen Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT & T’s workforce works and shape the future of communications. ”
The agreement will last several years and will allow the company from Redmond (Washington, USA) to climb positions in the dispute that it maintains with AWS for the domain in the cloud, an area of great growth and strategic for the future of both companies.
In addition, both parties have committed to use Microsoft technology to complement their next deployment of the 5G network, much faster and with more capacity than the current standard.
John Donovan, the CEO of AT & T, said that “working together in common efforts around 5G, the cloud and artificial intelligence, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and its impact on our customers and our communities.”
The announcement of this agreement has been released one day before Microsoft presented the results corresponding to the whole of its 2019 fiscal year.