Telco edge computing: What is the operator strategy?

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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.

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Format: PDF filePages: 38 pagesCharts: 8Author:  Ahmed AliPublication Date: May 2020

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Table of contents

    • Executive Summary
      • Recommendations for telco operators at the edge
      • Four key use cases for operators
      • Edge computing players are tackling market fragmentation with strategic partnerships
      • What next?
    • Table of Figures
    • Introduction
    • Definitions of edge computing terms and key components
      • What is edge computing and where exactly is the edge?
      • Network infrastructure and how the edge relates to 5G
    • Market overview and opportunities
      • The value chain and the types of stakeholders
      • Hyperscale cloud provider activities at the edge
      • Telco initiatives, pilots and plans
      • Investment and merger and acquisition trends in edge computing
    • Use cases and business models for telcos
      • Telco edge computing use cases
      • Vertical opportunities
      • Roles and business models for telcos
    • Telcos’ challenges at the edge
    • Scenarios for network edge infrastructure development
    • Recommendation
    • Index

Table of Figures

Figure 1: Less than half the world’s people have a dedicated Internet connection
Figure 2: About 2.8 billion people aged over 11 not using the Internet
Figure 3: The growth in the population covered by 3G/4G
Figure 4: Relative impact on GDP of different communications technologies
Figure 5: Total and mobile Internet users by world region
Figure 6: Mobile connected and unconnected population by region
Figure 7: Internet penetration of total population by world sub-region
Figure 8: HDI and its constituents
Figure 9: Global variations in human development
Figure 10: Average household sizes by country
Figure 11: Key factors influencing broadband take up
Figure 12: Global GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index
Figure 13: Mobile network coverage by major region
Figure 14: Fixed broadband penetration
Figure 15: Electricity – percentage access by region
Figure 16: Availability of electricity supply in Sub-Saharan Africa (% pop)
Figure 17: African countries with largest populations; those with no electricity
Figure 18: Smartphone and mobile penetration
Figure 19: Examples of cheapest smartphones
Figure 20: Affordability index for cheapest Internet-enabled handsets
Figure 21: Relative cost of mobile data plans (on a 100-point index) vs. penetration
Figure 22: Availability of local services on a 100-point index vs. Internet penetration
Figure 23: Literacy and Internet and social media use by sub-region
Figure 24: Female access to mobile phone and Internet
Figure 25: Proportion of women with access to the Internet in selected MENA states
Figure 26: Proportion of women with access to the Internet in Sub-Saharan Africa
Figure 27: Asia Pacific overview
Figure 28: Asia Pacific country data
Figure 29: Eastern Europe overview
Figure 30: Eastern Europe country data
Figure 31: Latin America overview
Figure 32: Latin America country data
Figure 33: MENA overview
Figure 34: MENA country data
Figure 35: North America overview
Figure 36: North America country data
Figure 37: Sub-Saharan Africa overview
Figure 38: Sub-Saharan Africa country data
Figure 39: Western Europe overview
Figure 40: Western Europe country data

Keywords:5G, applications, Cloud, collaboration, data centre, , developers, EcoSystem, edge, edge computing, enterprise, Hyperscalers, operators, partnership, Platform, service providers, SK Telecom, Strategy, Telco, vertical
Companies & technologies covered: AT&T, AWS, Deutsche Telekom, EdgeConnex, Google KT, Microsoft,MobiledgeX, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Vapor IO, Verizon, Vodafone, Vapor IO