Telstra forges 5-year cloud deal with Microsoft - Mobile World Live

Telstra forges 5-year cloud deal with Microsoft

27 JUL 2022

Telstra and Microsoft expanded a strategic partnership, with the operator naming Azure as a preferred cloud partner and setting the goal to become the US-based company’s largest supplier of fibre capacity in Australia.

In a statement, Telstra explained the five-year deal will drive an aim to run up to 90 per cent of services on public cloud infrastructure by 2025 as part of a multi-cloud approach. Microsoft will become an anchor tenant on a new intercity fibre network.

Telstra stated the deal was “one of the largest partnerships” Microsoft had forged with a telecoms provider globally.

Andrew Penn, Telstra CEO (pictured), said the deal fits with its T25 growth strategy.

“As the go-to partner for Microsoft in Australia, this expanded agreement will turbocharge how we deliver compelling, all-digital experiences,”

Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella noted the partnership combines “Telstra’s leadership in network connectivity with the breadth and depth” of the US company’s cloud set-up “to address key challenges, including hybrid work and sustainability”.

Telstra will also establish a dedicated Microsoft practice to combine the vendor’s “cloud, edge and modern work solutions” with its network technology experts.

Microsoft will also look to increase its capacity on Telstra’s Asia-Pacific subsea cable network.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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