Cloud Computing

A new partnership between Verizon and Google Cloud is edge computing focused. The companies want to enable applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning and other emerging techniques in the enterprise and on mobile and connected devices.

The companies say that combining Verizon’s private On Site 5G and private 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will boost operational efficiencies, security, reliability and productivity for retail, manufacturing and other industry sectors.

Verizon also said that it will work with Google to develop public 5G mobile edge computing for applications developers and enterprises.

The Google Cloud partnership marks Verizon’s third such partnership with a major cloud computing company. The others are AWS and Microsoft.

According to a Verizon spokesperson, Verizon is the only U.S. telecom provider to have edge computing partnerships with all three companies.

Verizon and Ericsson will conduct a proof of concept of 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge in Ericsson’s USA 5G Smart Factory. The first trial use case will be Verizon’s Sensor Intelligence Network. The use case is the attachment of a camera to an autonomous mobile robot that scans packages.

“By working with partners like Google Cloud and Ericsson, we’re building the 5G edge compute ecosystem that will enable enterprises in many industries to benefit from having a completely dedicated private network and edge compute infrastructure on premise,” Verizon Chief Strategy Officer Rima Qureshi said in a press release. “5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will give our customers the ability to connect and manage a broad range of devices at scale and speed while also providing highly secure, near real-time connectivity.”

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