Nokia, A1 & Microsoft Complete 5G Edge Cloud Network Slicing

Nokia Fixed Networks HQ, Antwerp
Nokia, A1 Austria and Microsoft are redefining connectivity in their completion of the first 5G edge cloud network slicing trial that took place in Austria

In an innovative move to advance the industry, the first 5G edge cloud network slicing trial has been successfully completed by Nokia, A1 Austria (A1) and Microsoft in Vienna, Austria. The trial saw Nokia’s 5G edge slicing solution utilised alongside Microsoft Azure managed edge compute on A1’s live commercial network.

"We are excited to lead the industry with the deployment of edge cloud network slicing with Nokia and Microsoft Azure,” shares Marcus Grausam, CEO, A1. 

“This innovative solution enables A1 to deliver secure, reliable and high-performance enterprise VPN services integrated with edge cloud applications over our 4G/LTE and 5G networks. This collaboration opens up new business opportunities and demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative services for our enterprise customers, as well as realising the full potential of 5G technology."

Grausam joined A1 in 2010 as Director of Operations and became Chief Technology Officer in 2012 before being appointed CEO in 2017. 

Redefining connectivity 

The 5G edge cloud network will allow A1 to bring enterprise cloud applications to mobile users over a high capacity, secure and low latency network, benefitting enterprises and industries across a wide range of use cases including retail, media, utilities, healthcare and transportation. The partnership is exciting for the industry as we watch the further innovation coming from the trio, as well as boosting monetisation opportunities for the three companies.

“Our collaboration with A1 and Nokia, and the deployment of network slicing using Microsoft Azure, is a testament to our commitment to innovation,” comments Silvia Candiani, Vice President, Telecommunications and Media at Microsoft. 

“As we redefine connectivity, we’re also providing opportunities to industry leaders like A1 and Nokia to tap into the large Microsoft ecosystem of enterprise developers and solution providers to help drive new monetization efforts.”

Candiani has over 25 years of experience in the ICT, media, and financial institutions industries. She joined Microsoft in 2010 having spent a decade at telecoms company Vodafone.

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“This deployment with our partners, A1 and Microsoft is further demonstrating Nokia’s leadership in network slicing as well as our mission to help our customers unlock further 5G monetisation opportunities,” says Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. 

“Edge cloud network slicing gives customers the best of both worlds with network slicing and edge cloud applications that enhance the enterprise customer experience.”

Alongside his role at Nokia, Uitto is a member of the board of directors for Teknologiateollisuus - Technology Industries of Finland. He has been at Nokia for nearly three decades, having joined in 1995 as Logistics Manager. 


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