Verizon and AWS Team up on Industrial 5G

by Ryan Martin | 1Q 2020 | IN-5710
Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a strategic partnership around 5G edge networking at Amazon’s annual AWS re:Invent conference in December 2019. In doing so, AWS gets a channel partner and Verizon gets to integrate AWS Wavelength into its 5G Edge platform. Recently unveiled, AWS Wavelength enables developers to build applications that deliver single-digit millisecond latencies to connected assets by deploying AWS compute and storage hardware at the edge of the 5G network. This complements Verizon’s goal to provide endpoint functionality to everything that a customer wants to reach out and touch. But Verizon isn’t the only company with these goals. In addition to traditional competitors (such as AT&T and Sprint), Verizon also faces competition from multinational network infrastructure vendors (Ericsson and Nokia) and now web scale companies (like AWS and Azure), as well as Systems Integrators (SIs). For example, in addition to Verizon (the United States), AWS is collaborating with Vodafone (Europe), KDDI (Japan), and SK Telekom (Korea) for its initial go to market.

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