Vodafone Business to adopt AWS Wavelength at 5G network edge

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Vodafone Business has today announced that it will be the first telco to introduce Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wavelength to Europe.

The strategic partnership will see AWS Wavelength, which provides developers with the ability to build applications that serve end users with single-digit millisecond latencies, support ultra-low latency by embedding AWS compute and storage services at the edge of Vodafone’s 5G network.

“With Europe’s largest 5G network across 58 cities and as a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) with over 90 million connections, Vodafone is pleased to be the first telco to introduce AWS Wavelength in Europe,” said Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business (pictured).

“Faster speeds and lower latencies have the potential to revolutionize how our customers do business, and they can rely on Vodafone’s existing capabilities and security layers within our own network.”

Responsiveness matters when it comes to artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, video analytics, autonomous vehicles, robotics and drone control. Enabling AWS Wavelength at the edge of Vodafone’s 5G network is designed to provide multi-access edge computing capabilities to developers, IoT, devices and end users.

These applications require latencies that are 5-10 times lower to deliver business impact. Vodafone Business and AWS are bringing the AWS cloud closer to the devices that need it by running AWS Wavelength in strategic locations within Vodafone’s 5G network.

With this new collaboration, developers can now build innovative applications on the AWS API and run them from the 5G network node closest to their end users. Workers can use augmented reality devices to help them diagnose and repair complex equipment in the field. For gamers, this means “super responsive, high definition experiences on their mobile devices, wherever they are”. Mobile robots and drones will be able to navigate safely and securely, reacting to their environment in real time.

AWS Wavelength will be available first in the UK and Germany on the Vodafone 5G network, expanding to other Vodafone markets across Europe.