Amazon Web Services (AWS), has made its Private 5G service available to all customers. This allows them to quickly set up and manage private networks for their connected devices.
AWS Private 5G is a fast way to launch a private mobile network. Jeff Barr, AWS evangelist, stated that it takes only “a matter of days” to launch a private network. He posted the announcement in a blog last week.
He said, “You can use your network to communicate with sensors & actuators within your smart factory or to provide better connectivity to handheld devices, scanners and tablets for process automatization.”
The new service, as its name suggests is 5G-ready and supports 4G LTE.
AWS is also looking for partners with mobile networking expertise to assist customers using the service. AWS Private 5G devices run on the CBRS frequency. Barr acknowledged that this specification is a hurdle for organizations who want to use AWS Private 5G.
“Planning and deploying private wireless networks can be complicated and not all enterprises will have the resources to do this work. He also said that CBRS spectrum in the United States is subject to Certified Professional Installation (CPI). “To address these requirements, we have created an ecosystem of partners that can assist customers with radio planning, installation and CPI certification. These partners can be accessed via the AWS Private 5G Console, and you can also work with them through AWS Marketplace.
AWS Private 5G is currently only available for U.S. customers who live in the US East (Ohio), US East(N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon), though Barr stated. Access to non-U.S. markets will be possible soon. The current pricing is $10 an hour for a minimum of 60 days.