Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a leading developer of "ultra high performance, cloud native communications software" for voice, data, and communications solutions for operators, according to a press release issued today.
After acquiring Affirmed Networks back in April, Microsoft is adding to its portfolio to expand their range of telecommunications capabilities:
"Microsoft intends to leverage the talent and technology of these two organizations, 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.
As the industry moves to 5G, operators will have opportunities to advance the virtualization 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.
We will continue to support hybrid and multi-cloud models to create a more diverse telecom ecosystem and spur faster innovation..."
Innovation around 5G continues to heat up, as next generation technologies for mobile communications become more mainstream (even, unfortunately, as they increasingly become the target of misinformation campaigns), and Microsoft appears to be ramping up its 5G capabilities.