Cloud market leader AWS has just announced that its Wavelength service will be available in South Korea. Wavelength is Amazon Web Services’ edge computing service, and it will be available in South Korea on the 5G network of SK Telecom Ltd. The announcement comes right after the cloud giant had announced the general availability of a Wavelength zone in Tokyo, Japan.
While AWS Wavelength was announced by the cloud provider back in 2019, it was first unveiled for the general public only in August 2020. As we have already covered, the service was first unveiled for the general public in Boston and San Francisco. Wavelength is available on Verizon’s 5G network for the two locations in the United States.
Wavelength aims to bring AWS services to the edge of the 5G network to cut down on latency issues. It enables developers to serve edge computing use cases that require ultra-low latency, for example — machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and video and game streaming. AWS developers can deploy their applications to Wavelength Zones to cut down on the latency hoops that their application traffic would typically go through. Thus, customers can fully benefit from the speed advantage that 5G has to offer.
Here’s what AWS said about the new service in South Korea, “AWS Wavelength minimizes the latency and network hops required to connect from a 5G device to an application hosted on AWS. With AWS Wavelength and SKT 5G, application developers can now build the ultra-low latency applications needed for use cases like smart factories, interactive live streaming, autonomous vehicles, connected hospitals, and augmented and virtual reality-enhanced experiences.”
AWS also listed the initial adopters of Wavelength service in South Korea. These adopters include Ubitus, which brings low-latency game rendering and streaming services for its users. Other adopters include DeepFine, 5G powered AR glasses for public asset maintenance, Gooroomee, which uses 5G connectivity for collaborative video conferencing services, Woowa Brothers, which uses 5G for running a robot food delivery service, and Looxid Labs, which uses 5G for research on cognitive functions in elderly.