The 5G network will be provided by O2, while Microsoft Azure will deliver the computing service
O2 has teamed up with Microsoft to develop Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) capability within a private 5G network.
The new partnership will see O2 trial the benefits of MEC, while focusing on security and low latency within the network.
To support this a Proof of Concept (PoC) will pave the way for secure data management, which will enable confidential information to stay on premises at all times.
The secure 5G network will be provided by O2, while the computing service will be delivered by Microsoft Azure Private Edge.
O2 has recently launched a similar private 5G network initiative with Leonardo, a global tech company that specialises in the aerospace, defence and security sector.
Commenting on the partnership, O2 Business MD Jo Bertram said: “This particular trial with the Microsoft Azure platform will provide secure and superfast capabilities that will maximise productivity and efficiency, as well as peace of mind.”
Microsoft Azure for operators corporate vice president Yousef Khalidi added: “Through our collaboration with O2, we will enable enterprises to leverage 5G to unlock new scenarios that accelerate digital transformation within their own private, on-premises environments.
“Combining Azure technology with O2 services is critical to bringing Mobile Edge Computing to the enterprise edge, and we look forward to seeing customers leverage this platform to drive innovation across a broad range of information and operational technology applications.”