Telco edge computing: How to partner with hyperscalers

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Edge computing is a strategic opportunity for telcos. We examine the driving needs and applications for telco edge computing, describe the market and the options for telcos, discuss their partnerships with hyperscalers and recommend key actions.


Format: PDF filePages: 38 pagesCharts: 9Author:  Ahmed AliPublication Date: August 2020

Table of contents

    • Executive Summary
      • Operators’ roles along the edge computing value chain
      • Building a bigger ecosystem and pushing market adoption
      • How partnerships can shape the market
      • What next?
    • Introduction
      • The edge computing opportunity for operators and hyperscalers
      • From competition to coopetition
      • What does it mean for telcos?
    • Overview of the telco-hyperscalers partnerships
      • Explaining the major roles required to enable edge services
      • The hyperscaler-telco edge commercial model
    • Hyperscalers’ edge strategies
      • Overview of hyperscalers’ solutions and activities at the edge
      • Hyperscalers approach to edge sites and infrastructure acquisition
    • Operators’ edge strategies and their roles in the partnerships
      • Examples of operators’ edge computing activities
      • Telcos’ approach to integrating edge platforms
    • Conclusion
      • Infrastructure strategy
      • Platform strategy
      • Verticals and ecosystem building strategy

Table of Figures

Figure 1: Major telco-hyperscalers edge partnerships
Figure 2: Edge computing stack and stakeholder examples
Figure 3: Edge computing platform architecture
Figure 4: Hyperscalers strategy overview
Figure 5: How to access AWS Wavelength
Figure 6: Overview of Azure Edge and its partners
Figure 7: SWOT analysis for AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google on edge computing
Figure 8: Telco operators edge strategy overview
Figure 9: Advantages and disadvantages of building a platform vs borrowing a platform for operators
on edge computing

Keywords:B2B2x, Cloud,, edge computing, edge platform, Hyperscalers, MEC, network edge, partnerships, platform strategies,
Companies & technologies covered: AT&T, AWS, Azure, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Microsoft, MobiledgeX, SK Telecom, Vodafone