Lumen Technologies announced today a strategic relationship with Microsoft that brings Microsoft Azure capabilities onto the company’s platform.

It said it will collaborate with Microsoft on several future go-to-market efforts including: 

  • A certified Azure deployment, which will be able to run in Lumen Edge Computing nodes worldwide, unlocking more low latency and high bandwidth use cases for customers of the Azure service platform.
  • Communication sector solutions based around private 5G networks that would leverage the cloud-native software capabilities of Microsoft and the Lumen fiber network and edge computing capabilities. The move would allow customers to optimize their wireless networks and push workloads even closer to digital interactions.
  • Enterprise sector managed offerings for a range of Microsoft software and cloud services to help optimize performance of business workloads and support a customer's entire workforce, wherever they may reside.

“By making Microsoft Azure technology available on the Lumen platform we are giving enterprises access to an environment where they can get the low-latency performance they need for critical applications, with the familiarity of Microsoft services and tools,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure for operators at Microsoft.

“With this collaboration we are expanding the ways in which businesses can connect Azure to their enterprise networks.”

In addition, Lumen said it has selected “Azure as the preferred public cloud venue for workloads that serve its enterprise customers, helping to improve customer experience for the Lumen platform and transforming the ways in which new service features get added to the platform.”

Lumen will also leverage Azure, Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft 365 E5 Security & Compliance for its internal digital transformation.   

The Lumen network is comprised of an estimated 450,000 global route miles of fiber and more than 180,000 on-net buildings connected to global edge nodes, 350 Lumen data centres and 2,200 third-party data centres in North America, Europe & Middle East, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

The company says its edge nodes are designed to meet 95% of U.S. enterprise demand within five milliseconds of latency.