Amazon Web Services and Verizon just announced a strategic 5G edge computing partnership that will bring power to all kinds of IoT end points at the edge, most notably mobile devices. While 5G will support a massive increase the number of connected devices and significantly reduce network latency, its full potential is not being realized yet. This is due to the sheer number of connections required in the pathway for the data to get to the Internet. However, with mobile edge compute (MEC) technology, latency is reduced big time. By simply placing AWS compute and storage services at the edge of Verizon’s 5G network, the necessary processing power and storage is brought closer to 5G mobile users and wireless devices. The following story describes in detail how this works.
Yesterday at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services and Verizon announced a 5G edge computing partnership that will bring the power of the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Through the partnership, AWS will be extending its cloud to 5G networks, allowing developers to run latency-sensitive programs on mobile and connected devices.
Developers will be able to use the service, called AWS Wavelength, with Verizon 5G Edge to deliver a wide range of 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.
According to a press release, Verizon 5G Edge provides mobile edge computing and an efficient high-volume connection between users, devices, and applications, and 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.