Telstra has been named a carrier for Microsoft Azure Peering Service, a networking service that improves customer connectivity, as well as Operator Connect for Microsoft Teams, a new programmatic approach to operator-provided calling in Teams.
This announcement builds on Telstra and Microsoft's long-standing partnership to help improve 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. Global connectivity and cloud solutions that enable telephony services are expected to form the backbone for organisations looking to streamline their operations in the future workplace.
Microsoft Azure 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 selected region.
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.
Building on 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.
By utilising advanced automation that integrates architecture components from Telstra and Microsoft, organisations will be able to accelerate and simplify the provisioning of telephony services and reduce deployment time. Furthermore, by utilising private network infrastructure, business users will benefit from improved voice call quality. Using the Microsoft Teams Admin Center, administrators will be able to provision and manage phone numbers.
Sanjay Nayak, 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.
“Microsoft 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.
Taimoor 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 organisations.”
Telstra is recognised for its Microsoft Azure expertise and is a Microsoft Gold Partner in ten categories including Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity and Communications, as well as a member of the Azure Expert MSP Program.