Microsoft MWC 2023 announcements

At MWC 2023, Microsoft today announced several new Azure for Operators services that will help operators to accelerate their network transformation and enable developers and ISVs to build more network-aware applications.

Microsoft Azure for Operators

After testing the platform in private preview for the past 1 year, Microsoft today announced the public preview of Azure Operator Nexus, the next-generation hybrid cloud platform, which enables operators to run their workloads on-premises or on Azure, where they can seamlessly deploy, manage, secure, and monitor everything. Microsoft highlighted that Operator Nexus meets the security, resiliency, observability, manageability, and performance needs required by operators.

Microsoft today also announced the general availability of Azure Communications Gateway and the private preview of Azure Operator Voicemail. These voice services will support fixed and mobile operators as they continue to migrate critical voice workloads to the cloud.

Microsoft announced the public preview of two new AIOps services that simplify the management of existing networks as well as the new Microsoft services, such as Azure Operator Nexus, Voice Communications Gateway, and Operator 5G Core, are managed with consistent approaches for monitoring, diagnostics, and lifecycle management. Read about them below.

    • Azure Operator Insights (public preview). Enables the collection and analysis of massive quantities of network data gathered from complex multi-part/multi-vendor network functions. It delivers insights for operator-specific workloads to help telecom operators understand the health of their networks, and the quality of their subscribers’ experiences.
    • Azure Operator Service Manager (public preview). Provides seamless management of complex services deployed across hybrid cloud sites. Combined with consolidated management across Azure cloud and edge platforms, Operator Service Manager helps to accelerate operator service deployment.
    • Together, these new services generate insights from data to inform the configuration of the network—with changes tested thoroughly using Safe Deployment Processes.

The new Azure Programmable Connectivity in private preview will help developers to build apps in Azure once and deploy to multiple networks simultaneously.

Finally, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure private MEC.

You can read about the new services in detail from the link below.