AWS and Verizon partner to deliver 5G edge solutions

In what’s been touted as a world-first, the solution is set to be deployed on to devices on the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.

The new AWS product will allow customers to make use of application components that require ultra-low latency by bringing them to the edge of their network. Customers will then be able to re-connect to their AWS cloud services.

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Verizon’s corresponding 5G offering, meanwhile, is expected to increase the amount of devices it can support within an area, and along with mobile edge compute (MEC), it will reduce network latency to mobile devices.

Together, AWS and Verizon will provide an alternative to the current need for app data from a device to make stops at the network, networking devices at the edge, and then the Internet in order to get to remote servers.

“We’ve worked closely with Verizon to deliver a way for AWS customers to easily take advantage of the ubiquitous connectivity and advanced features of 5G,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS.

“AWS Wavelength provides the same AWS environment — APIs, management console, and tools — that they’re using today at the edge of the 5G network.

“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.

“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.”

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AWS Wavelength is already being tried out by a select few customers, including Bethesda Softworks and the NFL, with further US-based deployments in the pipeline for 2020.

James Altman, Bethesda’s director of publishing, said: “By combining Orion with AWS Wavelength and Verizon’s 5G network, we will be able to deliver on the promise of streaming: a frictionless, ultra-low latency experience that will enable millions of gamers to play AAA quality games at max settings, wherever they want, whenever they want – no downloads or consoles required.”

Meanwhile, NFL’s VP emerging products and technology, Matt Swensson, said: “The Next Gen Stats platform captures player location data in real-time, generates over 200 stats per play, and charts individual movements within inches.

“The use of AWS’s Wavelength and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network has the potential to lower data transmission latency for delivery of new and exciting in-stadium enhancements to fans.”