Bell and Amazon Web Services launch 5G edge computing in Canada

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Bell on Tuesday announced the launch of the first public multi-access edge computer (MEC) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wavelength in Canada.

Bell announced a partnership with AWS last year and now the two companies are rolling out the latter’s Wavelength Zones across the country, starting in Toronto on the wireless service provider’s 5G network.

This partnership means that AWS compute and storage services are now closer to customers using 5G networks, instead of being computed in remote centralized cloud data centers.

The result is lower latency and higher bandwidth leveraging Bell’s 5G network, enabling solutions such as real-time visual data processing, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), advanced robotics and more from Bell.

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Bell gave examples of companies leveraging its 5G network and AWS at a press conference, such as Drone Delivery Canada getting “one step closer” to autonomous drones using the solution, capable of achieving real-time video analysis using 5G edge computing, instead of video data processed from a centralized cloud server.

“Using enhanced video recognition capabilities powered by Bell Public MEC with AWS Wavelength, we are making drone deliveries and logistics faster, safer and more cost effective,” said Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada.

Montreal-based leather goods retailer Rudsak is also using Bell and AWS to deliver a virtual shopping experience with Summit Tech’s shopping platform, Odience. Customers can browse a Rudsak store in pop-up locations simply by using their smartphone or a VR headset. Bell’s Public MEC with AWS Wavelength enables a “high-quality, lag-free experience for retailers,” said Alido Di Giovanni, president of Summit Tech.

Bell also explained how Toronto-based remote-controlled robot delivery service Tiny Mile also uses Bell and AWS for real-time data processing with low latency, necessary to avoid objects for safe delivery of goods to customers. . According to CEO Ignacio Tartavull, Tiny Mile says the 5G edge computing solution will come one step closer to fully autonomous deliveries.

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