Edge computing news in 2021

Edge computing is a rapidly growing industry and evolving ecosystem. This article aims to keep you up-to-date with some of the key developments within edge computing. Check back each month for our update on M&As, partnerships, product announcements and other strategic plays.

February: Telstra joins Vodafone, Verizon, SKT and KDD

Telstra has joined the ranks of Vodafone, Verizon, SKT and KDDI in announcing a partnership with AWS. Since Telstra already has a strategic partnership with Microsoft Azure it will be interesting to see what this means for Telstra going forward. Will they be one of the first telcos to build an edge computing ecosystem without all their eggs in one hyperscalers’ basket?  

The other major announcement comes from another edge computing heavyweight, SK Telecom. They have announced a collaboration with Dell Technologies and VMware to deliver a “MEC in a box” solution, combining on-premise edge computing with a private 5G network. We explore its technical and commercial implications in our featured research report this month. 

March: HPE expanding edge capabilities beyond the globe

HPE has announced that it is expanding its edge capabilities beyond the globe, with its launch of an edge computing system to the International Space Station. The Spaceborne Computer-2 will facilitate twice the processing power of its predecessor through the use of its edge capabilities and will be used to analyse climate readings taken by the ISS, as well as to collate the astronaut’s healthcare data.

In other news, IBM released information on their recent integration of the IBM Cloud Satellite with the Lumen edge platform. This furthers the advancement of Industry 4.0, which looks set to improve the manufacturing, oil & gas, and mining sectors across multiple use cases. This integration also goes further in facilitating AI and analytics at the network edge, the potential of which is outlined in this article.

April: Dish to use AWS infrastructure to support its network build-out

Dish announced that it will be using AWS infrastructure to support its network build-out. As a “greenfield” mobile operator, having made inroads into mobile after its 2020 acquisitions of Boost Mobile and ting Mobile in 2020. AWS is leveraging its edge computing portfolio (Local Zones, Wavelength and Outposts) to accelerate Dish’s rollout.

A new day, a new alliance. Vapor IO, VMware, MobilegeX and others have teamed up to create the Open Grid Alliance, a forum that focuses on changing how the internet is architected to a more distributed platform. Our latest article discusses this and sheds light on other forums.

Edge-as-a-service platform provider, Section, has secured $12 million in its Series B funding, led by Limen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink). We cover Section in our report: Edge computing: How developers can get started.

May: Europe is the new hotspot for investments in (edge) data centres and connectivity

The European Investment Bank confirmed its support for TIM’s plans to invest in its networks in Italy. This includes €230M for backbone and regional fibre optic networks in 2021-2023 and €120M for 5G infrastructure in 2021.

Digital Colony and Liberty Global announced a joint venture, AtlasEdge, to own and operate 100 Liberty Global data centres. This coincides with Liberty Global closing the £31bn deal with Telefonica to merge Virgin Media and O2 to create Virgin Media O2 in the UK. AltasEdge could have its first customer in the newly formed fixed-mobile operator…

Saguna, the Israel-based edge cloud MEC solution provider, is being acquired by COMSovereign, a US-based communications technology provider, for approximately $13.1M.


Tilly Gilbert


About Tilly Gilbert

Senior consultant

Tilly works on a range of client projects including developing a benchmarking tool to determine customers’ digital engagement with telcos, as well as projects on AI and data analytics. She has a BA in English Literature and Language from Oxford University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

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