Verizon and Google Cloud partner on 5G edge computing

Verizon and Google Cloud partner on 5G edge computing

17 December 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Verizon and Google Cloud are partnering to bring the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of Verizon's network.

Under the terms of the collaboration, the two will combine Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge, to bring Google’s compute and storage services to the edge of Verizon's local network. In doing so will enable the bandwidth and low latency needed to support real-time enterprise applications like autonomous mobile robots, intelligent logistics and factory automation.

“By working with partners like Google Cloud and Ericsson, we’re building the 5G edge compute ecosystem that will enable enterprises in many industries to benefit from having a completely dedicated private network and edge compute infrastructure on premise,” said Rima Qureshi, chief strategy officer at Verizon.

The combination of Verizon's private On Site 5G and private 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will enable enterprises to leverage 5G and mobile edge computing as well as gain operational efficiencies, higher levels of security and reliability, and improved productivity. 

In addition, Verizon and Google Cloud also plan to develop public 5G mobile edge computing for developers and enterprises. The public 5G Edge solution has the potential to enable developers to build and deploy applications at the edge of Verizon’s wireless network in various locations throughout the US. 

“By bringing intelligence from data centres to the network edge, Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will allow customers to build new cross-industry edge solutions, unlock new revenue models, and transform the next generation of customer experiences – from AI-driven in-store operations to live inventory management on the factory floor, the possibilities span multiple industries,” said Thomas Kurian (pictured), CEO of Google Cloud.

At the same time, Ericsson, in collaboration with Verizon, will pilot 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge as part of a proof of concept at its USA 5G Smart Factory.

"Technologies like Verizon's 5G Edge, which is built on Ericsson's 5G Private Network technology, are critical for unlocking 5G's true potential, and this pilot brings real-time data to make operations more efficient, secure, and cost-effective," said Niklas Heuveldop, president and head of Ericsson North America.

"Testing this technology with autonomous mobile robots in our Smart Factory is an important step on the journey to the factory of the future."