Microsoft’s Information Technology (IT) capabilities are wide-ranging. According to Microsoft, its Azure infrastructure is available in 62 regions worldwide. It has an extensive backbone network that consists of 170 Points of Presence (PoPs), 130,000 miles of fiber optics and undersea cabling, and approximately 2,000 peering connections. Microsoft claims that its interconnect capabilities sit within 25 miles of 85% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Further, Microsoft asserts that more than 200 Communications Service Providers (CSPs) leverage its backbone network to connect to Azure. Microsoft, with its acquisitions of Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch, is aiming to leverage the cloud and 5G to unlock new revenue streams, create shareholder value, and disrupt the economics of providing services.
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