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Verizon evolves its 5G network—and accelerates its speed and reach—powered by AWS

Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon) is the largest mobile carrier in the US and a leading telecom company. In 2018, Verizon selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred public cloud provider with plans to migrate over 1,000 business-critical applications and database backend systems to AWS.

Pioneering 5G wireless technology, Verizon was the first company to offer a commercial 5G mobile network. Now, developers can create and deploy low-latency applications on Verizon’s 5G Edge platform using AWS Wavelength for mobile edge computing infrastructure. For its customers who want a highly secure, dedicated edge compute infrastructure on premises, Verizon offers private mobile edge computing using AWS Outposts.

“If we had done it the old way, which was with in-house servers, the cost to do it would have been astronomical. That’s where we turned to AWS to maximize the speed with which we could make decisions and run these scenarios to come up with the best plan for our 5G network.”

Lynn Cox
Senior Vice President and Network CIO, Verizon

In this blog post, you’ll find how Verizon advances and continuously innovates its 5G network services, powered by AWS. Below are some highlights from Verizon’s cloud journey:

Connecting the world of tomorrow, today, with 5G Edge cloud

5G is more than just mobile bandwidth for communication services providers. By combining 5G with edge cloud services from AWS, 5G improves application performance for end users in countless industries, offering up to 10 times the speed of 4G. 5G can power emerging use cases like live video event streaming, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented reality. Learn from Srini Kalapala, vice president of Technology Strategy at Verizon about how 5G cloud-native private networks are now even easier to deploy with AWS, enabling a complete Fourth Industrial Revolution.

AWS and Verizon expand 5G collaboration with private MEC solution

AWS and Verizon have expanded their 5G collaboration to provide private multi-access computing (Private MEC) for enterprises. Private MEC integrates edge computing infrastructure with private networks deployed on or near the customer’s premises. AWS and Verizon have integrated Verizon’s 5G Edge MEC platform with AWS Outposts, a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any data center, colocation space, or on-premises facility for a consistent, hybrid experience.

Building on AWS, Verizon innovates for its customers so they can support hybrid cloud architectures with applications such as autonomous mobile robots and hazard monitoring. Get more insights on how Verizon continues to evolve by building on AWS by visiting the Verizon Innovator page.

Petra Lewis

Petra Lewis

Petra E. Lewis is a content specialist for the Global Customer References Program (GCRP)'s Storytelling group at AWS. She is a seasoned marketing communications professional who worked in financial services prior to entering tech. Her last financial services role was vice president and head of Internal Communications for a top-10 global investment bank.