2h | Natalie Bannerman
Verizon Business and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are expanding their 5G collaboration to deliver private mobile edge computing (MEC) to enterprise customers in the US.
The MEC offering will deliver a dedicated edge compute infrastructure on-premise that enables ultra-low latency, higher levels of security and deeper customisation.
“Verizon’s 5G is the platform for 21st century innovation and customers are looking to rapidly innovate, improve performance, and create new revenue streams,” said Tami Erwin (pictured), CEO of Verizon Business.
“Developers are already creating new latency-dependent solutions that run on the Verizon/AWS public MEC service launched last year. Our private MEC offering will unlock that same potential for enterprise customers who need to maintain a secure, closed environment in factories, warehouses and other facilities.”
In addition, Verizon enterprise customers can use private MEC to quickly deploy real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, predictive maintenance, robotics, factory automation and more to lower costs and improve safety, precision and efficiency.
Corning Incorporated, a leading materials science and advanced manufacturing innovator, will be the first company to leverage this private MEC solution. Specifically, Verizon and AWS are working to integrate AWS Outposts with Verizon’s 5G private network to enable private MEC platform for Corning.
“At Corning, our vision is to accelerate the ways in which innovation improves people’s lives and brings the world closer together, which includes partnering with industry leaders such as Verizon and AWS to make the promise of 5G a reality,” said Michael Bell, senior vice president and general manager of Corning’s Optical Communications business.
“Now, with Verizon’s 5G network and mobile edge computing solution using AWS Outposts, we’re leveraging technologies like autonomous mobile robots to demonstrate how manufacturers can increase efficiency.”
The Verizon and AWS edge computing collaboration began with the launch of Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength. AWS Wavelength extends AWS compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon’s public mobile network and provides seamless access to cloud services running in an AWS region.
Since August 2020, the companies have announced the general availability of 5G mobile edge computing via Wavelength Zones in 10 cities across the US.
“Private MEC is a natural expansion of our collaboration with Verizon. Customers are already leveraging AWS Wavelength’s ability to provide ultra-low latency access to end users for use cases like video distribution, inference at the edge, AR/VR, and connected vehicles,” added Dave Brown, vice president of Elastic Compute Cloud at AWS.
“Now, Private 5G MEC from AWS and Verizon brings ultra-low latency to dedicated, closed, on-premises environments for use cases such as autonomous mobile robots, quality assurance, and hazard alerting.”