Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that they now cover 13 of the top 20 metro markets with mobile edge computing (MEC) services. With the addition of Chicago, Houston and Phoenix, developers and businesses can now build and deploy applications on the edge of Verizon’s wireless network. Verizon’s 5G Edge offers coverage for use cases such as immersive virtual reality, video distribution and connected and autonomous vehicles that require latency “many times faster than the blink of an eye.”
The 5G Edge real-time cloud compute platform is integrated with AWS Wavelength to bring Amazon compute and storage services to the network edge. This combination is expected to minimize latency and network hops required to connect from an AWS-hosted application to the end user’s device.
The companies now offer 5G MEC via a series of 13 “Wavelength Zones” across the U.S., supporting applications such as machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and video and game streaming.
“Companies in every industry are finding exciting ways to bring 5G and 5G Edge to life – leveraging the full capabilities of 5G from throughput and low latency to strong reliability,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Verizon Business Chief Revenue Officer. “By unlocking the full power of 5G with edge cloud computing, developers can rapidly innovate and build apps and services that take advantage of 5G to improve performance and create new revenue streams.”