Verizon Conducts Trials with Amazon Kuiper to Deliver Value to Enterprise Customers, Telecom News, ET Telecom


NEW DELHI: US telecommunications operator Verizon is conducting trials to demonstrate use cases following an ambitious partnership with Amazon Kuiper, a constellation of low-orbit satellites, to provide value-added services such as Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to his business. customers as well as captive 5G networks.

“We have tied up with Amazon Kuiper. We are starting to test whether in 2022-23 it will be available. I think it’s relevant for 5G as a private,” Chief Revenue Officer Sampath Sowmyanarayan told ET. at Verizon Business, adding that Amazon’s services would be used to provide backhaul for 5G, connectivity for businesses and global IoT services.

Earlier this week, Sampath was elevated to chief executive of Verizon Business effective July 1, succeeding Tami Erwin, and would report to Hans Vestberg, president and global CEO of Verizon.

In addition, the executive said that with Amazon Kuiper, the telecommunications company would be able to combine a 5G terrestrial network and a LEO system, and would be able to provide Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to customers around the world. whole using satellite constellations which could be one of the attractive offers.

In October last year, Verizon partnered with Amazon’s $10 billion Project Kuiper, which aims to launch up to 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit to serve businesses and penetrate the internet in places difficult to serve.

Verizon also said it will help both telcos, and the businesses where they own spectrum, rapidly deploy private 5G networks to achieve profitability and accelerate productivity.

“We have built private networks for other companies. Now if someone (other companies) is going to come, then we have to compete on quality,” the executive said, adding that telecom operators have certain benefits and better understand network deployments.

“In the short term, it looks like it might be competitive and strain the carriers, but in the medium to long term, it’s good for society and adds more innovation to the market,” he said. .

In India, the battle is raging between telecom service operators and a few tech vendors vying to roll out private 5G networks for enterprise customers.

The CEO-designate further said that the telecommunications major will soon build a 5G-focused lab in Asia to demonstrate the capabilities supported by the next-generation technology and its expertise, as it has become the first operator in the world to launch 5G. .

Verizon already operates five labs in the United States and one in London, and enables companies to conduct experiments using third-party technologies.

“We opened it (5G) much earlier than others, so we took risks to deploy 5G. 5G has some advantages for consumers, but a big advantage is pure thirst on the business-to-business side ( B2B) For us, there are some great use cases for 5G,” Sampath said.

Sampath will succeed Tami Erwin, who will serve as strategic advisor to the CEO until the end of 2022. Sampath will report directly to Hans Vestberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon, according to an official statement from the mobile-based carrier. At New York.

Verizon Business believes 5G would bring the next wave of growth and, through next-generation networks, aims to increase revenue by at least 4%. “Now for a $133 billion company, the 4% means it needs to grow by almost $5-6 billion a year. Most of our growth will come from 5G.”

The telecommunications company is worth nearly $10 billion a year and claims to be a world leader in software-defined wide area networking, or SD-WAN.

“India is an important country for us. We operate many centers outside India. Much of our system, technology and product development work takes place in India,” Sampath said, adding that the main driver of its presence in the country is Pure Talent. “The talent we see in India is second to none, and that’s why it’s very easy for us to operate in India.”

Verizon has offices in Bengaluru, Chenani and Hyderabad with a total employee base of nearly 8,000 people in India.

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