Shawn Hakl heads up Microsoft's Azure Operator Nexus efforts. The company has inked deals with Etisalat and AT&T for the platform. Hakl said more deals are in the pipeline.

Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies

February 29, 2024

At a Glance

  • How Microsoft's acquisitions help it run a cloud native core for major telcos.
  • AI and automation play a role in helping operators diagnose and document network issues more quickly and accurately.
  • Is this the right time for Microsoft's Azure Operator Nexus platform or have telcos already placed their cloud bets?

MWC24 – BARCELONA – Shawn Hakl is VP of 5G strategy for Microsoft, helping to drive the sale of the company's new Azure Operator Nexus platform.

That platform stems directly from the telecom technology Microsoft acquired from Affirmed Networks, Metaswitch Networks and AT&T. Emirati operator Etisalat emerged this week as Microsoft's second customer for Microsoft's Nexus platform after AT&T.

Hakl spoke with Light Reading about Microsoft's overall strategy in the telecom industry, where it's heading this year and how AI plays into its plans.

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About the Author(s)

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading

Mike Dano is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. Mike can be reached at [email protected], @mikeddano or on LinkedIn.

Based in Denver, Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for almost two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless and recalls once writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones.

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