AT&T has partnered with Google Cloud to use 5G edge computing technologies to help clients improve speed and increase security. The two companies have said that they are testing products designed to bring software and data services to 5G customers. This will specifically target sectors including retail, manufacturing and transportation.
AT&T’s network will deliver Google Cloud offerings in major metropolitan areas around the US. This is a part of a set of services Google is launching to give telecommunications providers more computing power and better margins.
Chief executive for Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian, has revealed how the company intends to place more emphasis on edge computing, with the intention to move Google up from third place in the cloud market. “It’s one of our fastest-growing industries,” Kurian said recently in an interview.
And it isn’t just Google looking to take advantage, as more companies look for a slice of the edge computing market, with the likes of Verizon having already partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest provider of cloud computing services.
However, Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer for AT&T Business, says the partnership with Google isn’t exclusive.
At the time of writing, Google and AT&T are in a pilot programme with a “leading retailer”, which can’t currently be named.
On top of this, Google has also announced deals with telecommunications software makers Amdocs and Netcracker, which will see the companies building versions of their programs designed to run on Google Cloud.