Ep 76 – Into the Nexus of GenAI with Microsoft

This week’s guest

Rick Lievano

Chief Technology Officer Worldwide Telecom Industry Microsoft

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been working overtime to become a carrier-grade hyperscaler for the industry. For this episode, I talk with Microsoft Chief Technology Officer for the Worldwide Telecommunications Industry Rick Lievano about the recent general availability of Azure Operator Nexus, its work with AT&T, and Microsoft’s $13 billion investment in OpenAI. 

Listen now to hear:

  • Where telcos are today with their move to the public cloud [02:33];
  • How Azure Operator Nexus is poised to change the game [04:02];
  • The latest on Microsoft’s network cloudification work with AT&T [7:17]; and
  • The company’s big bet on GenAI and how it’s paying off for telco [12:57].

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Guest bio

Rick Lievano is the Worldwide CTO for the Microsoft Telecommunications industry. He works with customers and partners in developing telecommunications industry solutions and reference architectures to address the rapidly changing needs of service providers across the globe. He is an enthusiastic participant and speaker in many industry communities, an advocate of industry frameworks and open standards, and holds TM Forum Open Digital Architecture and Business Development Manager Career Certifications. At TM Forum, he is a member of the Collaboration Sub-Committee, overseeing the effective creation and adoption of pragmatic best practices and standards to deliver value to the membership. Rick currently leads initiatives to help operators achieve more by infusing artificial intelligence across their business. 

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