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Verizon and AWS expand their 5G edge footprint in the US

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Developers and businesses can now build and deploy applications at the edge of Verizon’s wireless network in three new US locations - Chicago, Houston and Phoenix.

Verizon 5G Edge, the company's real-time cloud computing platform combined with AWS Wavelength, brings AWS compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon’s wireless network.

The combination minimises the latency and network hops required to connect from an application hosted on AWS to the end user’s device. Launched in August 2020, the companies now offer 5G multi-access edge Computing (MEC) via Wavelength Zones in 13 of the top 20 metropolitan areas in the US.

The pair are supporting a variety of applications such as machine learning, the 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, chief revenue officer of Verizon Business.

“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,” said Sowmyanarayan.

“AWS Wavelength brings AWS services to the edge of 5G networks in any region so that customers can build ultra-low-latency applications and transform consumers’ experiences,” said George Elissaios, general manager of AWS Wavelength and director of product management at AWS.

“AWS is continuing its collaboration with Verizon so that even more developers across the US can bring powerful cloud-based applications to the edge with extreme low latency and high performance.”

Verizon’s 5G service is said to cover more than two-thirds of the US population. Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength is currently available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington DC.

Verizon and AWS plan to expand Verizon 5G Edge with additional MEC locations later this year.