This creates tens of milliseconds (sometimes seconds) of latency. The 5G network is up to 10 times faster than 4G, but to take full advantage of the latency improvements that 5G offers, the number of network hops needs to be reduced.
Wavelength addresses these problems, says the company, by bringing AWS services to the edge of the 5G network, minimizing the latency to connect to an application from a mobile device. With Wavelength, AWS developers can deploy their applications to Wavelength Zones so application traffic only needs to travel from the device to a cell tower to a Wavelength Zone running in a metro aggregation site, removing the latency that results from multiple hops between regional aggregation sites and across the Internet, which enables customers to take full advantage of 5G networks.
Wavelength, says the company, will also deliver a consistent developer experience across multiple 5G networks around the world, and allows developers to build the next generation of ultra-low-latency applications using the familiar AWS services, APIs, and tools they already use today. By providing a common developer experience, Wavelength makes it easy for developers to deploy across different telecommunications providers even if these providers have different deployment and operations semantics.
AWS is partnering with Verizon to bring AWS Wavelength to customers across the United States. AWS is also working with other leading telecommunications providers, including Vodafone, SK Telecom, and KDDI, to launch Wavelength Zones across Europe, South Korea, and Japan.
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