Telco in 20
Telco in 20
Oct 4, 2022
Ep 51 - Catching up with Azure and AT&T
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For the last year and a half, I’ve been obsessed with one of the biggest collaborations worldwide between a telco and a hyperscaler: AT&T and Microsoft Azure. In 2021, the CSP sold its network cloud to Azure. Since then, people in the industry have been wondering what’s been going on, who’s doing what, and how things are going. For this episode, Shawn Hakl, Microsoft VP of 5G Strategy, joins me to answer these questions and talk about: 

  • Why the partnership made sense for both sides [02:37];
  • The benefit of handing over infrastructure management to a hyperscaler [04:22];
  • How Azure and AT&T collaborate and divide responsibilities [05:52]; and
  • The challenges of bringing it all together and adopting a new playbook [12:03].

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This week’s guest

About Shawn Hakl

Shawn Hakl is responsible for building and executing the product strategy and partnerships for Microsoft’s Azure for Operators portfolio. His team works across product, engineering, and sales to help operators execute on the digital transformation of the core and edge networks. Prior to Microsoft, Shawn served at Verizon as the Senior Vice President of Business Product, responsible for a $29B portfolio covering services such as enterprise networking, 4G/5G, cyber security, collaboration, and IoT. 

Podcast Credits

  • Executive Producer and Host: Danielle Royston, TelcoDR
  • Senior Producer: Lindsay Grubb, TillCo Media
  • Editor/Marketing: Alisa Jenkins, Springboard Marketing
  • Editing: Andrew Condell
  • Associate Producer: Kriselda Dionisio
  • Music: Dyami Wilson


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