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Microsoft Inks Wide-Ranging Partnership With SK Telecom on 5G, IoT

May 13, 2019 / Matt Kapko

Microsoft inked a new agreement with SK Telecom to combine technological capabilities and collaborate on 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud services to expand and promote the capabilities of IoT. The deal also calls for both companies to work together on new AI-powered products and services for the enterprise. Partnerships between large tech companies and telecom operators are growing as 5G efforts gain momentum, particularly as network operators search for new services and products that take advantage of high-capacity and low-latency networks that are being developed today.
Expansive deals between operators and big tech companies are going to be extremely important and will continue to grow, says Anshel Sag, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “The reason why this is happening is that the operators know that they don’t have the domain expertise to fully comprehend and address all of the possibilities of 5G, IoT, and AI.”