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Verizon and AWS Announce 5G Cloud Computing Partnership

At AWS re:Invent, Verizon and AWS announced a 5G cloud partnership combining the benefits of 5G edge computing and AWS Wavelength. AWS Wavelength helps developers create applications with single-digit...
Verizon and AWS Announce 5G Cloud Computing Partnership
Written by Matt Milano
  • At AWS re:Invent, Verizon and AWS announced a 5G cloud partnership combining the benefits of 5G edge computing and AWS Wavelength.

    AWS Wavelength helps developers create applications with single-digit millisecond latency.

    “AWS developers can deploy their applications to Wavelength Zones, AWS infrastructure deployments that embed AWS compute and storage services within the telecommunications providers’ datacenters at the edge of the 5G networks, and seamlessly access the breadth of AWS services in the region.”

    Now, Verizon becomes the first company to provide 5G edge computing with AWS Wavelength.

    “By utilizing AWS Wavelength and Verizon 5G Edge, developers will be able to deliver a wide range of transformative, latency-sensitive use cases like machine learning inference at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented and virtual reality. To accomplish this, Verizon 5G Edge provides mobile edge computing and an efficient high-volume connection between users, devices, and applications. AWS Wavelength lets customers deploy the parts of an application that require ultra-low latency to the edge of the network and then seamlessly connect back to the full range of cloud services running in AWS.

    “Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband technology enables a wide range of new capabilities and diverse use cases with download speeds many times faster than typical 4G networks. 5G will also dramatically increase the number of devices that can be supported within the same geographic areas and greatly reduce network latency to mobile devices. Mobile edge compute (MEC) technology further reduces latency. Currently, application data has to travel from the device, to the mobile network, to networking devices at the mobile edge, and then to the Internet to get to the application servers in remote locations, which can result in longer latency. This prevents developers from realizing the full potential of 5G in addressing lower latency use-cases. For example, game streaming requires less than 20 millisecond latency for a truly immersive experience.

    “In placing AWS compute and storage services at the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network with AWS Wavelength, AWS and Verizon bring processing power and storage physically closer to 5G mobile users and wireless devices, and enable developers to build applications that can deliver enhanced user experiences like near real-time analytics for instant decision-making, immersive game streaming, and automated robotic systems in manufacturing facilities.”

    This new partnership underscores the importance of 5G technology and the transformative impact it will have on a variety of industries.

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