T-Mobile, AWS Team on 5G, Edge Compute – Including Private Wireless

T-Mobile’s 5G Advanced Network Solutions will offer Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) compute solutions and the companies will work together to create customizable use cases within the new Integrated Private Wireless on AWS program, the carrier says.

Examples of the use cases cited are monitoring worker safety remotely, performing predictive maintenance on manufacturing equipment and enabling faster aircraft turnaround at the airport.

“Businesses need a combination of connectivity and compute that fits into their current infrastructure,” T-Mobile Business Group president Callie Field said in a press release. “With our flexible 5G network deployment options and AWS’s cloud compute capabilities, we can quickly provide customers a right-sized solution to make their applications – new and existing – perform like never before.”

T-Mobile echoed the Dell’Oro Group’s view that the private mobile network category has not lived up to expectations.  Dell’Oro, T-Mobile, and AWS agree that the challenge is cost and complexity and that the technology’s potential is undiminished. T-Mobile added that end users to this point have been forced to work with different vendors for compute, connectivity, applications and integration. Some vendors have insisted on a one-size-fits-all approach that has further slowed adoption.

The rationale for the collaboration between the two companies is that they will enable customers to “more easily discover, customize, and deploy 5G edge compute.” Companies interested in the service can browse by industry or use case. Public, private or hybrid networks can be selected.

Earlier this month, the Dell’Oro Group made its second cut to its private wireless network forecast. Now, the total private wireless radio access network (RAN) revenues – which include both the traditional and new wide-area and small cells – are now projected to grow at a 24% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between last year and 2027.

It seems that support for private mobile networks stays strong despite the slow start. Two weeks ago, UScellular said that it is providing a private 5G network platform to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Connected Systems Institute (UWM CSI) to support cutting edge research involving IoT sensors and controls.

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