Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference in Las Vegas has been chock-full of new product announcements and partnerships, but some of the most notable news to come out of the conference so far has been the company’s partnership with Verizon to deliver AWS Verizon 5G edge cloud computing.
The telecommunications company and tech giant are merging their respective expertise to bring the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.
In a news release, Verizon said it is the first technology company to offer 5G network edge computing. It is using AWS’s new service, AWS Wavelength, to give developers the ability to deploy applications requiring ultra-low latency to mobile devices via 5G.
AWS Wavelength, also announced at re:Invent, gives developers the ability to build applications that serve end users with single-digit millisecond latencies over the 5G network. Customers can deploy the parts of an application that require ultra-low latency to the edge of the network and then connect back to the full range of cloud services on AWS’ platform.
Verizon and AWS are currently piloting AWS Wavelength on Verizon’s edge compute platform, 5G Edge, in Chicago for video game maker Bethesda Softworks and the NFL. More deployments are planned in other locations in the U.S. next year.
The companies say the new offering of mobile edge computing and an efficient high-volume connection between users, devices, and applications, will enable developers to deliver on latency-sensitive use cases like:
- Machine learning interference at the edge
- Autonomous industrial equipment
- Smart cars
- Smart cities
- Internet of Things
- Augmented and virtual reality
According to the companies, application data currently has to travel from the device, to the mobile network, to networking device at the mobile edge and then to the internet to get to the application serves in remote locations, which can result in longer latency.
The offering allows for enhanced user experiences like near real-time analytics for instant decision-making, immersive game streaming and automated robotic systems in manufacturing facilities.
Starting with Verizon’s 5G network locations in the US, customers will be able to deploy the latency-sensitive portions of an application at the edge to provide single-digit millisecond latency to mobile and connected devices,” said AWS CEO Andy Jassy.
“While some ultra-low latency use cases like smart cars, streaming games, VR, and autonomous industrial equipment are well understood today, we can’t wait to see how builders use 5G edge computing to delight their mobile end users and connected device customers.”