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Verizon Debuts Mobile Network-as-a-Service Vehicle Equipped With Satellite 

By Rachel Jewett | September 7, 2023

    Verizon debuts the Mobile Onsite Network-as-a-Service, a 10-foot portable trailer. Screenshot via Verizon/YouTube

    Verizon has a new private network solution that is a mobile trailer equipped with 4G, 5G, satellite, and edge computing capabilities. The company announced its Mobile Onsite Network-as-a-Service on Thursday, a 10-foot portable trailer. 

    The trailer delivers a private network, private mobile edge compute (MEC), SD-Wan, and satellite connectivity to customer locations. It’s pitched as an enhancement for enterprise and public sector customers in locations where network connections and coverage can be challenging. Use cases could include an agricultural site, a concert, infrastructure repair sites, or natural disaster response. 

    “I always talk about ‘technology gap’ — meaning that some form of technology is missing in the location that you need it. What we’re doing here is bringing all of that with us, inside of this vehicle,” Verizon systems architecture engineer Carlo Thompson said in a video introducing the vehicle. 

    The video shows an AvL Technologies satellite terminal on top of the vehicle. 

    The first deployment is at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton, Colorado campus and will be used to collect sensor data and video for performance indicators to assess network operations. 

    Dan Rice, vice president of 5G.MIL Programs at Lockheed Martin commented: “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Verizon on our 5G.MIL Unified Network Solutions, which aim to provide cohesive communications, edge processing and advanced networking capabilities for interoperable, resilient and secure connectivity and data flow across all domains.”