Google Cloud adds private cellular networks option for Distributed Cloud Edge

Google Cloud adds private cellular networks option for Distributed Cloud Edge

Google Cloud has added a new private networking solutions portfolio based on the Google Distributed Cloud Edge. The company is building the portfolio by partnering with independent software vendors to address the challenges related to cellular networks for edge deployment at scale.

Customers can utilize private cellular networks with the flexibility of deployment, control and user plane functions for the cloud and at the edge, according to Google. The partnership with ISVs has enabled the rapid deployment of new edge use cases leveraging Google Cloud components, including Anthos, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, as well as Google’s global edge network.

Edge data security is one of the most overlooked aspects of the edge network, but Google is addressing this, saying that access to Google Cloud services is built upon Google’s security policies. With each IoT edge application comes unique topography, latency requirements and Quality of Service demands; Google Distributed Cloud Edge provides centralized control and management platform for a secure network that could scale to thousands of edge locations.

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Google Distributed Cloud Edge customers can operate on private cellular networks, including virtualized RAN for wireless connectivity of edge devices. Google has been collaborating with Communication Service Providers to enable businesses with connectivity while monitoring and controlling their private edge infrastructure.

Why are private 5G networks important for enterprise edge computing?

Large industrial manufacturing and production plants require extended network coverage that can provide low latency and improved performance with minimum signal interference. Public networks and existing wireless infrastructure can have problems with network congestion and bandwidth constraints. The needs of a wide range of industries and public organizations have given rise to use of private networks to overcome those issues.

As an example, manufacturers can deploy edge applications through IoT devices with robust connectivity and next-gen functionality through private cellular networks. Factories with hundreds to thousands of IoT edge devices face issues of densification and signal interference.

Private 5G networks have experienced significant adoption of late. IDC forecasts the private LTE/5G infrastructure market to reach $5.7 billion in 2024 due to the increasing demand from enterprises..

“Private LTE infrastructure is already used by select verticals worldwide to solve mission-critical networking challenges,” said Patrick Filkins, senior research analyst, IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure for . “With more spectrum being made available for enterprise uses, coinciding with the arrival of commercial 5G, interest has grown toward using private LTE/5G solutions as a basis for connectivity across a multitude of mission-critical, industrial and traditional enterprises organizations.”

Google Cloud has been working with partners to deliver integrated solutions on the Google Distributed Cloud Edge portfolio. Some of the launch partners include:

  • Betacom
  • Boingo Wireless
  • Celona
  • Crown Castle
  • Kajeet

Betacom will deploy its private wireless 5G-as-a-Service (5GaaS), on the Google Distributed Cloud Edge, enabling enterprise access to cost-efficient 5G networks. Celona’s 5G LAN network operating system will be deployed as a resource within GDC Edge for accelerating private cellular adoption.

Recommended reading: Google Cloud partners with Betacom to deploy 5G-as-a-Service on the GDC Edge

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