Microsoft has further strengthened its position in the telecom services sector with the acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, of Metaswitch Networks. The move follows its purchase of cloud-based mobile core solutions specialist Affirmed Networks late March. The two companies certainly bring a wealth of telecoms expertise and know-how, not to mention a big customer base.
Both acquisitions, in the era of network virtualization, reveal Microsoft’s telecom ambitions. The moves can be viewed as Microsoft finally taking its gloves off, poised to undercut operators and traditional telecommunication equipment vendors such as Ericsson and Nokia. Announcing the strategic move late last week in a blog on Microsoft’s site, Yousef Khalidi , corporate vice president of the increasingly influential Azure Networks division also expanded on the company’s ambitions in the sector.
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