AT&T Clouds Up Microsoft Deal: “We are not outsourcing our core network function”
When AT&T announced recently that Microsoft was buying its 5G Network Cloud core software and moving it to Microsoft’s cloud, there were a few in the tech press who concluded that AT&T was throwing in the towel and admitting it did not have the scale or resources to compete with the hyperscale cloud providers. Now in a plot twist, Jeff McElfresh, AT&T Communication’s CEO has used his company’s second-quarter 2021 earnings call to say more or less the opposite.
“What this deal essentially does is it brings Microsoft to the edge of our network and supporting our network workloads, at a scale level for efficiency,” McElfresh said on the call. “One thing that we’re not doing, and I’ve kind of read this in the trade, in the press a bit, is we’re not outsourcing our core network function,” he continued.