T-Mobile, Google partner on 5G edge

  • June 21, 2023
  • William Payne

Google is working with T-Mobile to integrate edge computing systems with 5G. The 5G enabled edge compute is aimed at users in manufacturing, smart cities, logistics and retail. T-Mobile will connect its 5G ANS suite of public, private and hybrid 5G networks with Google Distributed Cloud Edge (GDC Edge). The two companies aim to accelerate adoption of next-generation 5G applications and use cases such as AR/VR.

The two companies anticipate that edge computing combined with 5G’s low latency, improved speeds and reliability will be compelling in sectors such as manufacturing, logistics and smart cities.

The companies suggest that manufacturing companies could use computer vision technology to improve safety by monitoring equipment and automatically notifying support personnel if there are issues. And cities could employ augmented reality to keep workers at a safe distance from dangerous situations by using machines to remotely perform hazardous tasks.

T-Mobile has created a proof of concept at T-Mobile’s Tech Experience 5G Hub called the “magic mirror” with the support of Google Cloud. This interactive display leverages cloud-based processing and image rendering at the edge. Users hold an object in front of the mirror and interactive videos with information such as instructions appear onscreen in near real-time.

“We’ve built the largest and fastest 5G network in the country. This partnership brings together the powerful combination of 5G and edge computing to unlock the expansion of technologies such as AR and VR from limited applications to large-scale adoption,” said Mishka Dehghan, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Product, and Solutions Engineering, T-Mobile Business Group. “From providing a shopping experience in a virtual reality environment to improving safety through connected sensors or computer vision technologies, T-Mobile’s 5G ANS combined with Google Cloud’s innovative edge compute technology can bring the connected world to businesses across the country.”

“Google Cloud is committed to helping telecommunication companies accelerate their growth, competitiveness, and digital journeys,” said Amol Phadke, General Manager, Global Telecom Industry, Google Cloud. “Google Distributed Cloud Edge and T-Mobile’s 5G ANS will help businesses deliver more value to their customers by unlocking new capabilities through 5G and edge technologies.”