Verizon has partnered with Google Cloud to bring 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) capabilities to enterprise customers, enabling them to take advantage of some of the most revolutionary use cases promised by next-generation networks that rely on guaranteed performance.
5G networks promise higher speeds and greater capacity that enable more reliable connectivity. However, it holds the promise of lower latency that will enable completely new use cases such as smart city applications, telemedicine and mixed reality.
But to achieve this lower latency, operators are decentralizing their infrastructure and virtualizing network functions so they can be brought closer to the customer. Edge computing allows data to be processed closer to the point of collection, even at the base station level, significantly reducing transmission time.
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By bringing Google Cloud’s compute and storage capabilities to the edge of its network, Verizon can deliver the bandwidth and low latency needed for applications that require real-time data processing, such as mobile robotics, intelligent logistics, and factory automation.
The partnership will initially combine Verizon’s private on-site 5G and its private 5G edge services with Google Distributed Cloud Edge, but the two companies have said they plan to develop public network capabilities that will allow companies to deploy applications in the U.S. implement.
Verizon is now the first US operator to offer edge services from all three Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.
“By collaborating with partners such as Google Cloud and Ericsson, we are building the 5G edge compute ecosystem that enables businesses across many industries to benefit from a fully dedicated private network and on-premise edge computing infrastructure,” said Rima Qureshi, Chief Strategy Officer at verizon.
“5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge gives our customers the ability to connect and manage a wide variety of devices at scale and speed, while also providing highly secure, near-real-time connectivity, enabling businesses to extract more value from data and enable innovative applications with computer vision, augmented and virtual reality and machine learning.”
“Thanks to our global infrastructure and expertise in data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google Cloud enables the rapid development and deployment of new services and applications,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud.
“By bringing intelligence from data centers to the network edge, Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge empowers customers to build new cross-industry edge solutions, unlock new revenue models and transform the next generation of customer experiences – from AI-driven input store operations to live inventory management on the factory floor, the capabilities span multiple industries.”
The first product of the collaboration is a pilot at Ericsson’s 5G factory in the US, where autonomous robots will use sensors and computer vision to track inventory and monitor the location of materials in the warehouse, enabling the telecom equipment supplier get a real-time picture. for his possessions.