KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 4 October 2021 - Telstra today
announced it is a selected carrier for Microsoft Azure Peering Service, a
networking service that enhances customer connectivity, and Operator Connect
for Microsoft Teams, a new programmatic approach to operator-provided calling
announcement builds on the long-standing relationship between Telstra and
Microsoft to help enhance connectivity to Microsoft cloud services and provide
an integrated calling experience via Teams.
With the ongoing shifts in the business landscape, networking solutions
for remote workers and accelerating the migration of workloads to cloud
services for business continuity have risen as top ICT investments for Asia
Pacific businesses. In
the future workplace, global
connectivity and cloud solutions that enable telephony services are expected to
form the backbone for organisations looking to streamline their operations.
Peering Service provides reliable and optimised internet connectivity to
Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and
Azure. Customers can register for the offering in the Azure portal, and Telstra
and Microsoft will work closely to provide enterprise customers with
end-to-end, high-performing public connectivity with optimal routing in their
This offering is integrated with Telstra Global Internet Direct (GID) to ensure robust connectivity service and secure access through a
single network. Additionally, customers will enjoy high levels of availability
of service and lower latency connections. Telstra is now
offering Azure Peering Service to customers in Asia, with plans to expand
availability to Europe and the United States next calendar year.
the momentum from the launch of Telstra
Calling for Microsoft Teams in August last year, Telstra has streamlined calling for
users by providing a simplified and unified collaboration experience for
organisations through Operator Connect for Microsoft Teams.
This offering will
enable organisations to speed up and simplify the provisioning of telephony
services and reduce deployment time by using advanced automation that
integrates architecture components between Telstra and Microsoft. Additionally,
business users will experience enhanced voice call quality through the use of
private network infrastructure and administrators will gain ability to provision
and manage telephone numbers via the Microsoft Teams Admin Center.
Telstra Executive of Fixed Connectivity Products said as organisations
accelerate their digital transformation journey, underlying technologies like cloud
and network connectivity need to work smoothly with reduced complexity.
Azure Peering Service provides direct access between Telstra and Microsoft's
networks – providing users with robust connectivity service at a location
nearest to them, thereby reducing latency when accessing Microsoft's workplace
services. By leveraging Telstra's connectivity and professional services
capabilities and Microsoft's focus on intelligent cloud services, we aim to
help organisations across the region and globally enable a modern work
experience," said Mr. Nayak.
Husain, Modern Workplace Strategy and GTM Lead for Microsoft said: "Telstra has
been a long-standing partner for Microsoft since 2008. With internet traffic
growing at an exponential rate, coverage has become critical for effective
virtual collaboration. We look forward to tapping the breadth of Telstra's
network to build the modern workplace and enable more seamless collaboration for
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ten categories including Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity and Communications,
as well as a member of the Azure Expert MSP Program.
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