Amazon Web Services is officially launching AWS Private 5G, a new private mobile network for enterprises designed to be easy to deploy and operate without any specialized expertise.
The managed service includes all the required hardware and software to help businesses run their connected environments, with use cases including smart manufacturing facilities, security applications at physical facilities, campus-wide connectivity and worker productivity applications.
According to AWS, the private mobile network uses the CBRS spectrum and supports 4G LTE and will support 5G in the future for consistent, predictable level of throughput with ultra-low latency for long-range coverage both indoors and out.
The service runs on AWS-managed infrastructure and is self-service and API-driven. AWS Private 5G is also scalable with respect to geographic coverage, device count and overall throughput. It can also be used with other AWS offerings, letting organizations use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control access to devices and applications, the Seattle, Wash. Tech giant says.
Since planning and deploying a private wireless network can be complex, especially at large enterprises, AWS is building an ecosystem of partners that can help customers with radio planning, installation, CPI certification and implementation of use cases. Partners can be accessed from the AWS Private 5G Console and the AWS Marketplace.
Customers can choose cloud deployment options for testing, time-limited deployments and deployments that do not use the network in latency-sensitive ways. A deployment on the cloud will run within a specific AWS Region, but the company is also working on enabling on-premises hosting of the Mobile Core on a Private 5G compute appliance.
Each network supports one radio unit that can provide up to 150 Mbps of throughput spread across up to 100 SIMs, the company says, adding that it is also working to add support for multiple radio units and more SIM cards per network.
AWS Private 5G in launching the US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), and US West (Oregon) Regions, and the company is working to make the service available outside of the United States in the near future.
Customers can also use the create-network, create-network-site, and acknowledge-order-receipt commands to set up an AWS Private 5G network from the command line, but the console still needs to be used to place an equipment order.
Each radio unit is billed at $10 per hour, with a 60 day minimum, according to AWS.
Read the company’s announcement blog for more information on how to get started.