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Microsoft and Nokia have announced a strategic collaboration aimed at accelerating transformation and innovation across industries with cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).

The two companies say that by bringing together Microsoft cloud solutions and Nokia’s expertise in mission-critical networking, they are “uniquely positioned” to help enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses.

As Microsoft’s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and Machine Learning solutions combine with Nokia’s LTE/5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings, the companies say they will drive industrial digitalisation and automation across enterprises, and enable CSPs to offer new services to enterprise customers.

Microsoft and Nokia have announced that BT is the first global communications service provider to offer its enterprise customers a managed service that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions.

BT customers can access this through a customer automated delegated rights service, which enables BT to manage both the customer Azure vWAN and the unique Agile Connect SD-WAN, based on Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0.

“Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure. “We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries.”

“We are thrilled to unite Nokia’s mission-critical networks with Microsoft’s cloud solutions,” said Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer.

“Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers.”

According to Microsoft and Nokia, the cloud and IoT have ushered in the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, wherein enterprises are embracing data to automate and streamline processes across all aspects of their businesses - and by joining forces, the two companies say they are bringing solutions to market that will simplify and accelerate this journey for enterprises, as well as enable CSPs to play a key role in helping their customers realise the potential of industrial digitalisation and automation, while also optimising and better differentiating their own businesses.

Microsoft and Nokia say their partnership is helping accelerate digital transformation for enterprises by offering connectivity and Azure IoT solutions that unlock connected scenarios across multiple industries including digital factories, smart cities, warehouses, healthcare settings, and transportation hubs such as ports and airports.

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