Google Cloud brings private cellular networks into its edge offering

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Google Cloud is bolstering its Google Distributed Cloud Edge portfolio with a host of new private networking solutions.

Through partnerships with independent software vendors, the company hopes to address the issues faced when using cellular networks for scaled edge deployments.

Thanks to these software vendors, Google can test and deploy new edge use cases alongside its Google Cloud components, including AI and machine learning, as well as Google’s global edge...

SoftBank begins nationwide deployment of 5G MEC in Japan

Japanese operator SoftBank has opened its first 5G multi-access edge computing (MEC) site in the Kanto region as part of its national deployment of MEC servers.

SoftBank 5G MEC provides a low-latency and high-quality network leveraging the company's 5G standalone (SA) services that launched late last year. The platform gives customers the ability to experience high-speed application deployments on 5G SA networks at reduced server access times.

The platform also operates...

Verizon and AWS expand edge computing to 19 US metro areas

Edge Drone in City

Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have expanded their 5G mobile edge offering to two more US metro areas with the addition of Nashville, Tennessee and Tampa, Florida.

Combining Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, the companies joint offering now spans 19 metro areas, meaning 75 percent of the US population are now within 150 miles of a Wavelength Zone.

Verizon and AWS’ edge collaboration dates back to August 2020, when ten US cities gained access to AWS Wavelength...

Vodafone taps Cardinality.io and Google Cloud to boost Europe’s 5G

Vodafone

Vodafone has partnered with data analytics firm Cardinality.io and Google Cloud to build a pan-European network performance platform that will improve connectivity for customers.

The platform is being implemented across eleven European countries with the goal of transforming the way Vodafone builds and manages its network over the next five years.

Called Vodafone Unified Performance Management (UPM), the platform combines Google Cloud's smart analytics portfolio and...

Bell collaborates on Toronto AWS Wavelength Zone, first in Canada

Toronto, Canada

Canada’s largest telco provider, Bell Canada, has launched the country’s first public multi-access edge computing (MEC) alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Expanding on the two companies’ 2021 collaboration agreement, the Bell 5G network is helping to power the first AWS Wavelength Zone in Canada, starting with Toronto.

Bell Public MEC with AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services at the edge of the Bell 5G network, closer to mobile and connected...

Verizon chunks off 10% stake in Casa Systems to bolster MEC options

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Telco giant Verizon has inked a deal to acquire a 9.9% stake in mobile infrastructure company Casa Systems for $40 million (£30.8m) as part of a multi-year purchase contract.

Whilst the investment does not give Verizon a direct seat on Casa Systems’ board of directors, former Verizon CEO Dan Mead is already a member.

As well as a stock buy-in, Verizon has also signed a six-year agreement that could be worth up to $140 million (£107.8m).

Under the terms of...

Nokia and Etisalat UAE join forces on 5G private networks for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Nokia and Etisalat UAE, the telecoms pillar of e& in the UAE, have partnered to deploy 5G private wireless networks to support enterprises across Abu Dhabi.

The agreement will help drive digital transformation through smart city and AI use cases across industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, and critical infrastructure.

Khalid Murshed, CTO and CIO at Etisalat UAE, said: “We are committed to supporting the government’s vision to accelerate the digital...

NEXCOM and Telco Systems launch 5G/IoT edge management solution

Virtual Management

NEXCOM has partnered with edge solutions provider Telco Systems to release a commercial-ready solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) looking to run virtual workloads at the network edge.

The joint solution is based on network appliance supplier NEXCOM’s DTA 1164W, a 5G-ready desktop uCPE, combined with Telco Systems’ Edgility smart edge computing software for virtual edge services management installed.

Built with full support for 5G and IoT...

VMWare expands AWS partnership for cloud and 5G use cases

Edge Technology

VMWare, the cloud computing and virtualisation company, is broadening the scope of its enterprise partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to address hybrid cloud and edge use cases.

Together, they are working to enable service providers to streamline operations and automation, optimise network traffic, and provide superior end-user experiences.

One such use case involves reducing latency at the edge through AWS Wavelength with VMWare SD-WAN.

By embedding AWS...

AT&T and Microsoft partner on private 5G edge to replace Wi-Fi

5G Edge

AT&T and Microsoft are expanding on their existing partnership to integrate the telecom operator’s 5G network with Azure’s private mobile edge computing.

As AT&T continues to bring private 4G/5G networks to the edge, the company has introduced the ability to roam beyond the boundaries of the AT&T private network and still stay connected to its public network.

Called the AT&T Private 5G Edge, the service is co-developed by Microsoft and uses the Azure...