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Google Cloud Pairs Up With AT&T to Capitalize on the 5G Rush

  • Partners will use fast networks to put data closer to clients
  • Alphabet unit targets telecoms to gain on Amazon, Microsoft
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Google’s cloud arm is partnering with AT&T Inc. on a suite of business products to be delivered over 5G networks, the latest tie-up between tech giants and wireless carriers hoping to capitalize on the rollout of faster connectivity.

The Alphabet Inc. unit and AT&T said Thursday they were testing products designed to bring software and data services to fifth-generation, or 5G, customers, an initiative targeting sectors including retail, manufacturing and transportation. The deal, which will see Google cloud offerings delivered by AT&T’s network in major metropolitan areas around the U.S., is part of a set of services Google is unleashing that the company said will give telecommunications providers more computing power and better margins.