As Europe's operators scramble after enterprise network business beyond connecitivty, Verizon Business launches its international private 5G platform in partnership with Nokia.
Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business (pictured), commented, "Today, we’ve announced the next phase of Verizon's global 5G vision with the launch of private 5G for our international customers. If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that there’s never been a more critical time for mobility, broadband and cloud products and services.
"Private 5G networks will be a transformative technology that will drive the new era of disruption and innovation for enterprises around the world."
The company will deploy Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud, which is described as "a private wireless network solution with automation enablers that will allow for application deployment through a web-based interface."
Brian R. Fitzgerald, SVP Global Solutions at Nokia, chipped in, “Private wireless connectivity has become central to many industries in realising their long-term digital transformation goals. By delivering private 5G together with Verizon, we’re paving the way to accelerate digitalisation for the most demanding industries who crave reliable wireless connectivity”.
Verizon has a 5G Lab and production studio in London, recently announced a 5G roaming service in South Korea and is a founding member of the 5G Future Forum, a group dedicated to accelerating the availability of 5G and interoperable MEC-enabled solutions.
The launch of private 5G will also enable Verizon Media to deliver its content creation, production and distribution technologies at scale and in real-time to global audiences for customers.
Martina Kurth, Associate VP of IDC’s European Telco Research practice, noted, “We're seeing international markets moving rapidly to deploy 5G Private Networks, which appears as a major use case for the uptake of 5G, particularly in order to capitalise on 5G investments in the enterprise market.
"With the ingredients of an early mover go-to-market 5G-know-how, foundational enterprise networking and innovative 5G enabled services Verizon's go-to-market recipe with Nokia will be an attractive solution to the broader market".
Today’s announcement follows recent announcement of MEC partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and AWS. Also, in August, Verizon announced completion of lab trials with Corning and Samsung on its new 5G mmWave in-building solutions.