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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 …

Edge computing telco

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 …