A new partnership has been announced between telecommunications giant Verizon and international business consultancy Deloitte that will see the two companies work together on the development of client-specific “transformational solutions” focused, at least initially, on the manufacturing and retail sectors.
As VentureBeat reports, the partnership will see Deloitte leverage its relationships and knowledge of specific companies to aid Verizon in its deployment of private enterprise mobile networks, IoT sensors, 5G edge platforms, and AI-based applications.
Among the first solutions to be deployed from the new partners is an assembly line defect spotter for a smart factory in Texas. This solution uses 5G edge-powered technologies as well as AI to identify and predict quality issues in an assembly line, and to send instant alerts to remote operators.
Verizon made headlines earlier this year after announcing that it had struck a major $6.64 billion 5G infrastructure deal with South Korean giant Samsung. Verizon’s latest partnership stands to further illustrate the importance the American company is placing on the fifth-generation wireless technology that has been at the centre of a number of international controversies in 2020.
5G controversy perhaps culminated in mid-July when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson essentially banned Chinese company Huawei — considered a leader in 5G infrastructure — from participating in the UK’s 5G spectrum, in what was a reversal of a decision to grant the company a limited role earlier in the year.
The decision was seen as a move to show good faith with a Trump administration that had been pushing for Johnson’s Conservative party (along with many other countries around the world) to lock Chinese companies out of their national 5G infrastructure plans.