Telstra and Microsoft have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership to drive growth and value for customers and Australia as a nation.
The five-year agreement is one of the most important partnerships that Microsoft has established with a telecommunications provider in the world. The companies aim to help accelerate Australia’s digital transformation by combining technology from Microsoft with the network reach and technology capabilities of Telstra.
The strategic agreement lays the groundwork for Telstra to become Microsoft’s largest provider of terrestrial fiber network capacity needs in Australia, and for Microsoft to become a key tenant on Telstra’s new super-fast intercity fiber network. Telstra.
Microsoft will also consider increasing its capacity on Telstra’s main Asia-Pacific submarine cable network. With these investments, Microsoft will be able to achieve unparalleled end-to-end connectivity on major telecommunications routes in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Strengthening connectivity is critical as the workforce becomes increasingly distributed with remote working and demand for online education, high-definition entertainment and online gaming increases. For Microsoft, greater bandwidth and lower latency will help deliver the best possible experiences for customers connecting to Microsoft Teams, cloud-dependent businesses, and its Xbox community.
Additionally, the organizations will work together to accelerate Telstra’s migration of its internal information technology (IT) workloads to the public cloud, which will include Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud partner as part of the multi-tiered approach. -cloud from Telstra. Microsoft will bring its expertise to help Telstra evolve to achieve its ambition of its T25 growth strategy. It will also help Telstra maximize the value and efficiency of the migration and deliver products and services to customers faster.
Collaborate on new product offerings and future ways of working
To make it easier for customers to find comprehensive solutions to transform and grow their businesses, Telstra is looking to deliver a new suite of digital offerings with Microsoft.
Using Microsoft technology like Azure, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, Telstra intends to bring to market a series of new industry-based solutions that will help transform the way businesses think about hybrid working and migration. to the cloud. Initially focusing on manufacturing, retail, agriculture, utilities and finance, these new digital offerings will be delivered by a dedicated end-to-end Microsoft practice within Telstra Purple, the managed services business and technology consultancy from Telstra.
Organizations will also continue to co-develop products that reimagine familiar experiences and merge network and cloud to create new offerings. For example, Telstra and Microsoft recently co-developed Branch Offload, Australia’s first 5G-enabled edge computing solution for businesses. The solution combines Telstra’s 5G and fixed connectivity with Microsoft Azure Stack Edge for edge computing, secure edge, SD-WAN and service orchestration, and is provided by Telstra Purple.
This work will be designed to help more enterprise, government, and small and medium business customers benefit from the combination of Microsoft’s cloud solutions with Telstra’s market-leading connectivity and the expertise of the Telstra Purple team.
Telstra and Microsoft intend to collaborate on ESG areas to improve sustainability outcomes in Australia and enable Telstra to meet its own commitments.
Organizations plan to combine the secure data exchange capabilities of the Telstra Data Hub platform with Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability to help Telstra’s corporate, government and small business customers accelerate their sustainability progress and growing their business through data insig.hts.