Just as Qualcomm unveiled its 5G plans for the coming years, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg joined AWS re: Invent to discuss the carrier's team with the cloud computing giant.
As part of Verizon's (TechCrunch's parent company, disclosure, disclosure, disclosure) will focus on 5G edge computing. The carrier will be the first to use the newly announced AWS Wavelength. The platform allows developers to build apps for 5G devices with extremely low latency.
It is currently being tested in Chicago with a handful of well-known partners, including the NFL and Bethesda, the game developers of Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Still, no details on these specific applications (although remote gaming and live streaming are obvious), but potential future applications include things like smart cars, IoT devices, AR / VR ̵
"AWS Wavelength provides the same AWS environment – APIs, management console, and tools – as used today on the edge of the 5G network," said Andy Jassy, AWS CEO. From Verizon's 5G network locations in the US, customers can provision the latency-sensitive parts of an edge application to provide mobile and connected devices with single-digit millisecond latency.
When Verizon's CEO came to Vestberg On stage, CNO Nicki Palmer came to Qualcomm in Hawaii to discuss the carrier's Mmwave approach to next-gen wireless. The technology has raised some questions regarding their coverage area. Verizon has addressed this to some extent through partnerships with third parties such as Boingo.
The Company plans to receive coverage in 30 US cities by the end of the year. This number is currently at 18.