Verizon 5G Edge

Verizon and Amazon Web Services are continuing to flesh out their 5G mobile edge computing infrastructure with the addition of AWS Wavelength Zones in Nashville and Tampa. Verizon says that there now are 19 zones and that 75% of the U.S. population resides within 150 miles of one.

AWS Wavelength Zones support demanding applications such as virtual reality gaming, video distribution and autonomous vehicles. Wavelength Zones embed AWS compute and storage services in data centers operated by communications service providers at the edge of the providers’ 5G networks, thereby supporting applications with “single-digit millisecond latencies,” Amazon says.

An AWS Wavelength web page says that “application traffic can reach application servers running in Wavelength Zones without leaving the mobile network.”

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With the additional two markets, Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, which launched in August 2020, is now available in Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte, NC; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston, Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; Nashville; New York City; Phoenix; the San Francisco Bay Area; Seattle; Tampa and Washington DC.

“With the ongoing expansion of ourmobile edge compute infrastructure, we’re enabling developers to build transformational applications that enhance consumers’ experiences by moving the data and processing done by applications and services to the edge of Verizon’s wireless network and closer to the end user’s device,” Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin said in a press release about the Verizon AWS Wavelength Zones.

“By offering both public and private mobile edge compute, we’re giving businesses ultimate optionality. This can transform the way companies can leverage predictive analytics, allowing them to improve operational efficiency, mitigate risk and increase revenue.”

In January, Verizon said that two of the earliest users of the platform were Fermata Energy – a Verizon Ventures company – and Easy Aerial. The companies participated in the 5G Studio, which is a collaboration between Verizon and Newlab.

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