Verizon and AWS expand MEC coverage

Verizon continued deployment of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wavelength edge compute services, adding the capability to aggregation points in two more US cities, bringing its total to 19.

Verizon claimed 75 percent of the US population was now within 150 miles of a Wavelength zone after deploying the service in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Mobile operators and cloud providers have partnered to deliver services and applications at the network to lower latency for applications, including gaming, VR, and autonomous vehicles.

The services are provisioned over 5G networks, while the cloud providers benefit from reaching customers through operators’ last-mile connections.

Verizon teamed with AWS on mobile edge computing (MEC) in late 2019 and launched a private service in 2021.

Last week, Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business, told an industry event the operator had developed around ten use cases for public MEC, with the number set to grow once latency was less than 20 milliseconds.

Erwin added interest in private networking; a MEC grew as enterprises sought control of communications assets.