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Rogers and Microsoft sign five-year Azure deal

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Rogers and Microsoft have announced a five-year deal to help small and medium business customers accelerate digitization through Microsoft Azure.

The new partnership will leverage Azure’s public cloud capabilities to allow employees to collaborate “with more agility” across the organisation.

Rogers is the first company in Canada to offer Operator Connect Mobile and the service will enable firms to upgrade legacy infrastructure, reduce costs and enhance customer and employee experiences.

“Landlines and legacy voice services are rapidly being replaced by mobile – the workplace is shifting, and our customers have embraced new ways of working,” said Ron McKenzie, President of Rogers Business.

“Together, we are bringing Operator Connect Mobile to Canada, which will help businesses save up to 50% in costs by upgrading outdated, expensive legacy voice infrastructure and shifting to a best-in-class digital calling experience.”

With Operator Connect Mobile, customers can make and receive calls on Microsoft Teams using the Rogers network or directly through the native dialler on a SIM-enabled mobile device.

Organisation’s part of Operator Connect will also benefit from streamlined communications through a single app.

Kevin Peesker, president of Microsoft Canada said: “Canada's success in the 21st century economy requires widespread adoption of digital technologies.

“Canadian businesses of all sizes are re-envisioning how they can use technology, including Microsoft Teams, powered by Azure to deliver a more seamless experience across their mobile device and PC.”

Additionally, the two companies say they will explore collaboration and R&D opportunities to support IoT and mobile edge computing to advance 5G innovation and Canada’s digital economy.