Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are expanding their mobile edge offering to 17 of the top 20 metropolitan areas in the US.
Launched in August 2020, the offering combines Verizon’s 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, a real-time cloud platform, to bring compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon’s network.
The companies’ combination minimises the latency and network hops required to connect from an application hosted on the platform to the end user’s device.
Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business, said: “Through our continued collaboration with AWS, we’re helping developers and businesses in every industry create truly transformational applications for use cases such as immersive VR gaming, video distribution, and connected and autonomous vehicles.
“By expanding our 5G Edge locations across the US, we’re enabling developers to quickly and easily build apps and services that take advantage of the low latency, massive bandwidth, and strong reliability of 5G and edge computing.”
Verizon mentioned some examples of companies using its technology.
Easy Aerial makes military-grade autonomous drones for commercial, government, and military applications. Through the low end-to-end latency enabled by Verizon and AWS, live drone video can be collected and transferred for near real-time object detection and telemetry data.
5G and mobile edge tech also allowed expensive compute to be removed from the drone, which resulted in 10% savings in drone costs and a 40% increase in flight time.
Verizon and AWS are also working with software as a service (SaaS) providers Couchbase and Confluent to make it easier for developers to create applications running on Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength. Using infrastructure templates, Verizon and AWS extended the capabilities of these providers to the edge to automate the complexity of edge networking, core compute and the software itself.
Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength is currently available in 17 locations including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington DC.
The companies expanded their offering from 10 to 13 metropolitan areas in August 2021.
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