Google Cloud and AT&T Ink Partnership to Provide 5G Edge Compute to Enterprises

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The combination of Google's cloud technologies and AT&T's network connectivity will address the emerging challenges of business and build up enterprise use cases, such as video analytics, data-intensive sensors, and augmented and virtual reality applications.


Fremont, CA: AT&T and Google Cloud are collaborating to deliver the 5G networking and edge computing services to enterprises, according to a press release by AT&T. The combination of Google's cloud technologies and AT&T's network connectivity will address the emerging challenges of business and build up enterprise use cases, such as video analytics, data-intensive sensors, and augmented and virtual reality applications.

"We're working with Google Cloud to deliver the next generation of cloud services," said Mo Katibeh, EVP and CMO, AT&T Business, in a statement. "Combining AT&T's network edge, including 5G, with Google Cloud's edge compute technologies, can unlock the cloud's true potential. This work is bringing us closer to a reality where cloud and edge technologies give businesses the tools to create a whole new world of experiences for their customers."

Among other technologies, Google Cloud's deep expertise in Kubernetes, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics will blend with AT&T's edge network, including 5G edge computing solutions. These two tech giants intend to develop a portfolio of 5G edge computing solutions, which can be deliverable on the global scale, both in the cloud and on the edge.

The financial terms of the partnership have not been disclosed yet. AT&T and Google Cloud have not even revealed the exact time of when the application and business services would be available. The collaboration is noteworthy on other levels as well. The partnership will boost 5G investment of AT&T by monetizing it, besides providing the 5G business use cases and nailing up a blueprint for edge computing.

The edge computing will help businesses to dynamically route their app-specific applications and service by using cellular data to improve the operations. With the help of Google Cloud's compute and capabilities in the edge, businesses can move infrastructure to the edges from their centralized locations.

"We are delighted to work with AT&T, a 5G leader, to help enterprises and the industry harness the potential of 5G," said Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, in a statement. "Our co-innovation with AT&T aims to bring a multitude of 5G and Edge Computing solutions to address a diversity of use cases, driving real business value in industries like retail, manufacturing, gaming, and more. We are deeply committed to helping drive positive business outcomes for enterprises by working with AT&T on 5G.”

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