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AT&T and Google Cloud expand 5G and edge collaboration

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AT&T and Google Cloud have unveiled new solutions across AT&T's 5G and Google Cloud's edge computing portfolio.

These new offerings are also available through AT&T's on-premises multi-access edge compute (MEC) solution, as well as AT&T network edge capabilities through LTE, 5G, and wireline.

The expanded partnership follows a year-long collaboration between AT&T and Google Cloud who have been developing edge solutions for the enterprise. This next phase will see the two companies work to deliver transformative capabilities that help businesses drive meaningful value and build in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment, to name a few.

"By combining the power of AT&T 5G and Google Cloud technologies, we are helping enterprises create new customer experiences and business services that were previously impossible," said George Nazi, vice president of global telecom, media and entertainment solutions at Google Cloud.

"Together with AT&T, we are committed to enabling our customers to build and deliver next-generation applications, whether on-premise or on AT&T's leading mobile network."

This includes leveraging such technologies as Google Maps, Android, Pixel, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and other solutions across Google for more immersive customer experiences.

In addition, both companies are also working together to evaluate how network APIs could enhance applications, using near real-time network information at the Google Cloud edge.

"With premises-based 5G and network edge computing, we give our customers even greater control of where their data goes and how they use it – at higher speeds and with lower latency. These capabilities allow businesses to deliver unique experiences to their customers, today and into the future," said Rasesh Patel, chief product and platform officer at AT&T Business.

"We're bringing forth a new era where the latest technological advancements, including 5G and edge computing, make it possible to transform, innovate and prepare for whatever the future holds."

AT&T Network Edge with Google Cloud will enable enterprises to deploy applications at Google edge points of presence, which will be connected to AT&T's 5G and fibre networks.

Together, AT&T and Google Cloud are developing a multi-year strategy to bring the solution to 15+ zones across major cities, starting with Chicago in 2021. The next stage of the rollout is expected to occur in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco.

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