AWS Wavelength

Deliver ultra-low latency applications for 5G devices

AWS Wavelength enables developers to build applications that deliver single-digit millisecond latencies to mobile devices and end-users. AWS developers can deploy their applications to Wavelength Zones, AWS infrastructure deployments that embed AWS compute and storage services within the telecommunications providers’ datacenters at the edge of the 5G networks, and seamlessly access the breadth of AWS services in the region. This enables developers to deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latencies such as game and live video streaming, machine learning inference at the edge, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR).

AWS Wavelength brings AWS services to the edge of the 5G network, minimizing the latency to connect to an application from a mobile device. Application traffic can reach application servers running in Wavelength Zones without leaving the mobile provider’s network. This reduces the extra network hops to the Internet that can result in latencies of more than 100 milliseconds, preventing customers from taking full advantage of the bandwidth and latency advancements of 5G.

Wavelength delivers a consistent developer experience across multiple 5G networks around the world, allowing you to build the next generation of ultra-low latency applications using familiar AWS services, APIs, and tools. You can simply extend your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to one or more Wavelength Zones and then use AWS resources like Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes, AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (EKS), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS CloudFormation, and AWS Autoscaling to build, run, secure, manage, and scale your applications. With just an AWS account, you can deploy your 5G applications in Wavelength Zones and seamlessly connect to applications and services in AWS Regions. Wavelength offers you the flexibility to scale up or scale down, and pay only for the resources that you use.

Getting started is easy, you simply log-in to the AWS Management Console and enable the Wavelength Zones you want to use for your account.


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Ultra-low latency for 5G

Wavelength combines AWS compute and storage services with the high bandwidth and low latency of 5G networks to enable developers to innovate and build a whole new class of applications that serve end-users with single-digit millisecond latencies over the 5G network.

Consistent AWS experience

Wavelength enables you to use familiar and powerful AWS tools and services to build, manage, secure, and scale your applications, such as Amazon VPC, Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, and AWS IAM.

Flexible and scalable

Wavelength offers AWS benefits, like elasticity, availability, and low pay-as-you-go pricing. With Wavelength, you can start small and scale as your needs grow, without worrying about managing physical hardware or maximizing the utilization of purchased capacity.

Global 5G network

Wavelength will be available within telecommunication providers’ networks such as Verizon, Vodafone, KDDI, and SK Telecom in places like the United States, Europe, Japan, and Korea to enable you to deliver ultra-low latency applications to your global base of end-users and connected devices.

How it works

AWS Wavelength how it works

Technical use cases

Ultra-low latency compute

Deliver high-performance compute at the edge for faster application performance and emerging interactive applications like game streaming, virtual reality, and real-time rendering that require latencies of single-digit milliseconds to end-users.

Edge data processing

Enable and offload data processing tasks to take place at the mobile provider network edge to conserve 5G device resources like power and bandwidth for use cases like industrial automation, smart cities, IoT, and autonomous vehicles.

Application use cases

Game/Live video streaming

Game streaming allows players to stream the audio and video of a game from a streaming server to their clients, making the most demanding games available on devices with limited processing power. User input is transmitted back to the server in real-time, allowing the server to stream the right video frames back to gamers. Game streaming can benefit from Wavelength as latency is of paramount importance to preserve the user experience. Similar to game streaming, live interactive video streaming allows customers to interact with video content without long buffering times.

Machine learning inference at the edge

Today’s devices are constrained by CPU, memory, and power but still need analytics in real-time for solutions such as self-driving cars, predictive maintenance, and robotics. Relying on the cloud reduces the requirements on the devices and makes it easier to train and update models without complex deployments to the device. For example, robots can use cloud-based prediction to determine location and avoid collisions. Managing the models on Wavelength simplifies connectivity, security, data collecting, and analysis from a large number of sources.


Motion to photon latency (MTP) - the length of time between the user performing a motion and the display showing the appropriate content - is a critical property of all AR/VR systems. MTP needs to be ~20ms or less to deliver a realistic customer experience and avoid causing dizziness. Wavelength allows AR/VR systems to connect directly to low-latency compute, enabling AR/VR in locations where it is not desirable or possible to run local server systems.

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