Singapore operator Singtel has announced plans to launch Microsoft Azure Edge Zones integrated with its 5G network, delivering multi-access edge compute (MEC) for enterprises in Asia. The service combines Singtel’s 5G network with Microsoft Azure services, to enable developers to deploy and manage mission-critical applications. 

The offer is also expected to boost business capabilities in areas such as metaverse-based real-time simulations, and live video analytics in a multi-tenant environment. Customers will be able to use their existing Azure subscriptions. 

In addition to running low-latency applications at the edge using Singtel’s 5G network, the solution has the potential to transform operations in sectors such as public safety, urban planning, healthcare, banking, civil service, transportation and logistics, the Singapore operator also said. It also offers Public Sector customers security and upgraded performance for end-users, enabling new intelligent edge scenarios. 

Customers can use these capabilities, only paying for the amount of compute and storage they use for the duration which they use it, replicating the cloud consumption model at the network edge. 

The service will be publicly available in the second half of 2022 for Azure customers in Singapore through the Azure portal to develop, test and deploy 5G applications such as autonomous guided vehicles, drones, robotics and virtual, augmented or mixed reality, at the edge of Singtel’s 5G network. Government agencies and enterprises of all sizes that have built their business applications and operations on Microsoft Azure’s plug-and-play cloud computing service can leverage the benefits of 5G and MEC as well.

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