LAS VEGAS — AWS is introducing a managed service to help enterprises set up and scale private 5G mobile networks.
AWS Private 5G can help enterprises establish a private 5G network in their facilities in “days instead of months,” according to AWS last month.
In the AWS console, customers specify where they want to build a mobile network and the network capacity needed for their devices.
AWS then delivers and maintains the small cell radio units, servers, 5G core and radio access network (RAN) software, and subscriber identity modules (SIM cards) required to set up a private 5G network and connect devices.
AWS Private 5G automates the setup and deployment of the network and scales capacity on demand to support additional devices and increased network traffic.
There are no up-front fees or per-device costs, and customers pay for the network capacity and throughput they request.
Some early users of the private 5G product are DISH, Koch Global Services, and Amazon Fulfillment.
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At Amazon Fulfillment Centers (FCs), Amazon robots, scanning machines, and computer systems can manage millions of items in a day, and they depend on reliable Wi-Fi.
“We deploy technology outside of FCs to make moving tractor trailers around safer and more accurate and efficient,” said Jeff Armstrong, director of infrastructure engineering, Amazon.
“We have to provide network services for these systems across millions of square feet of outdoor space. Previously, to get proper Wi-Fi coverage in the parking lots around our FCs, we had to add light poles for the Wi-Fi equipment, modify our outdoor electrical systems, and either trench fiber or support mesh systems. This was expensive, disrupted productivity during installation, and had a high support burden.
“With AWS Private 5G, we can use two outdoor small cells mounted on the corners of our warehouses and achieve additional coverage in our parking lots, which was much quicker and cheaper to deploy. Just as important, we will be able to scale up our AWS Private 5G deployment as we expand our facilities.”
David Brown, VP of EC2, AWS, said many of their customers “want to leverage the power of 5G to establish their own private networks on premises, but they tell us that the current approaches make it time-consuming, difficult, and expensive to set up and deploy private networks.”
“With AWS Private 5G, we’re extending hybrid infrastructure to customers’ 5G networks to make it simple, quick, and inexpensive to set up a private 5G network. Customers can start small and scale on demand, pay as they go, and monitor and manage their network from the AWS console,” Brown said.
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