Providing and managing private cellular networks poses major challenges for many companies. Software and hardware components usually have to be procured and integrated from different providers – the time required for design and commissioning often takes months. With the announcement of AWS Private 5G at re: Invent 2021, Amazon promises to make this much easier: According to AWS, a private 5G or 4G LTE network should be set up and scalable in just a few days with the new service.
Using the AWS console, users can select a coverage area within a geographic location and the required network capacity. Amazon wants to take care of the provision and management of all software and hardware itself. The manufacturer supplies the customer with small cell radio units and the required number of SIM cards. As soon as the devices are installed and commissioned, AWS Private 5G automatically configures and provisions the network. To connect to this, users only need to insert the SIM card into the end device.
In addition, the service can always be expanded, radio units and SIM cards can be reordered. AWS Private 5G scales network capacity as needed to accommodate additional devices and increased traffic. There are no upfront fees or costs per device for the service: The customer only pays for the requested network capacity and data throughput. In the infrastructure area, re: Invent was otherwise dominated by the new ARM processor Graviton3, the AWS server Outposts for the company’s own data center, and storage and backup topics.