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In a move that could ultimately see video applications take advantage of ‘ultra-low’ latency, AWS has announced a partnership with Verizon Communications to bring its cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of the operator’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.

ESPN NFL 7Jan2019The partnership will see Verizon use AWS Wavelength to give developers the ability to deploy applications that require ultra-low latency to mobile devices using 5G. The companies are currently piloting AWS Wavelength on Verizon’s edge compute platform, 5G Edge, in Chicago for a select group of customers, including the National Football League (NFL). Additional deployments are planned in other locations across the US in 2020.

The addition of AWS mobile edge compute (MEC) technology on a 5G network can see big reductions in latency as it reduces round trip times from networking devices to application servers in remote locations. For example some video applications require less than 20 millisecond latency for a truly immersive experience.

In placing AWS compute and storage services at the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network with AWS Wavelength, the companies say that they can bring the required processing power and storage physically closer to 5G mobile users and wireless devices, and enable developers to build applications that can deliver enhanced user experiences.

The NFL could be one of the key drivers for 5G video to take off in the US and the football league is looking how fans engage with the League throughout the year, including how they view, share, and engage with their teams. The NFL sees positives with the Verizon and AWS deal. “Fans love the live game-day football experience in stadium, and we constantly strive to deepen engagement on and off the field,” explained Matt Swensson, vice president, NFL emerging products and technology.

“The Next Gen Stats platform captures player location data in real-time, generates over 200 stats per play, and charts individual movements within inches. The use of AWS’s Wavelength and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network has the potential to lower data transmission latency for delivery of new and exciting in-stadium.”

“We’ve worked closely with Verizon to deliver a way for AWS customers to easily take advantage of the ubiquitous connectivity and advanced features of 5G,” added AWS CEO Andy Jassy. “ While some ultra-low latency use cases like...streaming...are well understood today, we can’t wait to see how builders use 5G edge computing to delight their mobile end users and connected device customers.”