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Investment in Edge Computing

Venture capital seems keen to invest in edge – data chart

Edge compute is proving attractive to investors. Our chart of the week looks at recent VC investment, highlighting four edge companies that have achieved increased backing. Investment houses want to tap into revenue growth and/or sustained income and believe edge could offer this. Packet alone has more than doubled capital injection in 2 yrs ($9.4m in August 2016 & $25m …

5g edge computing

Why 5G needs edge more than edge needs 5G

Our research shows operators in the US, China, Korea and Japan chase 5G most enthusiastically and back that enthusiasm with real investment. This is characterised by T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray: “We are all in on 5G. Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a …

5G Go Slow

Breaking the 5G-go-slow cycle. How edge compute (with 4G) will help

STL Partners’ research into 5G shows that operators in the US, China, Korea and Japan are the most enthusiastic in pursuing 5G and backing that enthusiasm with investment. This is characterised by T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray “We are all in on 5G, Every dollar we spend is a 5G dollar, and our agreement with Nokia underscores the kind of investment we’re making to bring customers a mobile, nationwide 5G network.” Operators …

Propriety Vendors Dominate NFV

Proprietary vendors still dominate NFV – data chart

Is the industry on track to deliver NFV’s promise of truly open hardware and software platforms? Our chart of the week suggests not when based on recent performance. Telcos were supposed to deploy virtual network functions from multiple vendors on the same hardware. In reality, most deployments have been from single vendors supplying virtualised 4G mobile cores, primarily EPC and …

Edge computing readiness

How the telecoms sector views edge – data chart

Edge compute holds opportunities for telecoms so why don’t telcos chase it more? Our chart of the week looks at the sector’s edge readiness. The chart data comes from our recent edge compute webinar (December 2018). Surprisingly, 32% of respondents claim they’ve a commercial strategy. We think this is a generous reading of ‘commercial strategy’ or skewed by vendor answers. We …

AWS Outposts

A new Outpost for Telco Cloud: Outposts offers full AWS stack

At AWS re:Invent, its annual jamboree, the cloud titan made over 60 announcements (I lost count). You could therefore be forgiven for overlooking a pre-view announcement for a service that isn’t due to ship until the H2-2019: AWS Outposts. You will be hearing lots more about it in the coming months. The information on the service is limited. Basically, customers will be …

Edge decouples from cloud

Decouple from cloud connectivity to succeed in edge compute

To make the case for telco edge compute, we tend to focus on applications that require very low latency. This focuses on 5G and edge compute’s ability to deliver millisecond round trip times that enable futuristic, headline-grabbing examples such as self-flying drones or AR-assisted repairs. However, there is another group of more mundane requirements that edge compute supports: high-throughput data …

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Telco operators need to adopt a joined-up approach to telco edge compute

There is much interest across the telecoms industry in edge computing. The key rationale behind this is that telcos – through their increasingly virtualised distributed network assets – are in a unique position to push workloads closer to devices, reducing latency and/or data volumes to centralised clouds, and thereby enabling new experiences and use cases, while enhancing existing ones. It is …

10 things you should know about telco edge computing

1) Telco edge compute can be broader than multi-access edge compute (MEC) or network edge compute Edge computing is a technology that brings the capabilities of hyperscale compute close to the end-user or end-device. For telecoms operators, edge compute is often treated as synonymous with mobile edge computing or multi-access edge computing: compute based on the edge of the network. …

Telcos can learn from AWS

Telcos should learn lessons from AWS in pursuing edge compute

Telcos planning to offer edge compute services should draw wider lessons from public cloud computing. For that, we need to go back to 2006 when Amazon launched S3 and EC2. At the time, Amazon’s cloud services were seen more a curiosity than a serious alternative for enterprises to entrust their mainstream compute workloads and data. Indeed many viewed it as …

BT CEO

Did BT’s CEO have the heart for the job? (And does yours?)

This article was originally posted by our Partner, Andrew Collinson, on LinkedIn. You can join the debate here. So BT’s CEO, Gavin Patterson, is to step down. The board liked the strategy but wanted someone else to front it. I met Gavin a few times when our time briefly overlapped at BT. He’s a very canny operator, extremely good at …

Home Wi-Fi

Home Wi-Fi is no longer fit for purpose

“Wi-Fi is a waste of a 1 Gbps pipe” – Rahul Patel, Qualcomm There’s been a lot of talk recently about mobile connectivity, as increasingly ubiquitous 4G means mobile video is close to reality, while the opportunities and challenges of 5G are still being discussed as 2020 deadlines approach. But what of Wi-Fi? Today, our home hubs are generally provided …

telco digital customer engagement

Priorities for telco digital customer engagement

Since the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media, methods for engaging customers and customers’ expectations from the brands they interact with have changed considerably. Customers now expect more real-time interactions. Consequently, many telcos are putting customer experience at the heart of their digital transformation initiatives.

mobile content telco growth

Can mobile content plays help telcos return to growth?

As mobile markets become increasingly competitive, telcos are looking at mobile content plays as a way to differentiate their offerings. The mobile content proposition is finally coming into its own, as the spread of 4G networks means high bandwidth demand uses such as video streaming are becoming a reality.
But mobile operators have traditionally offered very little in the way of content. So how should they approach a content play, and more importantly how can they use content to grow mobile ARPU to replace dwindling revenues as voice and SMS declines?

Evolving telco culture

What’s the best approach to evolving your culture?

Despite the need for a shift to a digital culture being felt by many operators, the task of changing culture is viewed as a real challenge and the most difficult domain to change in the context of digital transformation.

Network Slicing

Is there demand for network slicing?

At MWC this year we noticed a creeping upsurge in chatter about ‘network slicing’, as some pioneering operators held demonstrations at their stands. We investigate the fundamental question that remains unanswered – is there demand for network slicing?