Telco edge platforms: Balancing speed vs value

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Despite the hype around edge computing, telcos have been slow to commit investments amid competing priorities for networks teams. How can they work with partners to get the right balance between cost, speed of deployment and developer needs in a fast moving competitive market?


Format: PDF filePages: 43 pagesCharts: 20Author: Gavin Thomas, Ahmed AliPublication Date: March 2022

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Most telcos do not yet see demand for a fully distributed edge
    • The platform is an important piece of the edge, but the verdict is still out on which approach to take
    • Telcos need to guarantee multi-cloud and multi-edge orchestration for their customers
    • Next steps
  • Introduction
    • Defining the edge
    • The state of the edge
  • Cloud vs edge
    • Contrasting public cloud and public edge
    • Latency in fixed vs mobile networks
    • The rationale for telco edge
  • Telco edge propositions and use cases
    • Internal applications for telcos
    • External applications for telcos
    • Telco edge propositions based on telco’s capabilities
    • Potential use case opportunities for telco edge
  • Where is the telco edge?
    • Edge really means core for now
    • Challengers to the telco edge
  • Building the telco edge platform
    • Edge developers want a consistent and seamless experience
    • The potential providers of network edge platforms
    • Cloud-centric capabilities and business models are key the success of telco edge platforms
  • Overcoming challenges
    • Telco industry challenges
    • External challenges
  • Conclusion: What should telcos do?

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Total revenue from edge infrastructure in the overall value chain, 2020 – 2030
  • Figure 2: The edge continuum
  • Figure 3: Edge computing benefits
  • Figure 4: Relative investments; telcos, hyperscalers, edge investments
  • Figure 5: Global network edge data centre forecast (sites and servers), 2021 – 2025
  • Figure 6: Telco and hyperscaler cooperation agreements, 2019 – January 2022
  • Figure 7: Characteristics of edge vs cloud
  • Figure 8: Expected latency with edge by type of network
  • Figure 9: Telco edge roles
  • Figure 10: Telco edge propositions offered externally
  • Figure 11: Telco network edge locations
  • Figure 12: AWS Wavelength sites in Verizon and Vodafone Germany
  • Figure 13: Singtel’s Paragon platform addresses developer demands
  • Figure 14: Edge is part of a multi-cloud story
  • Figure 15: Singtel has built its own edge platform and is working with other edge platform providers
  • Figure 16: Strengths and weaknesses of four types of edge platform providers
  • Figure 17: Telco edge sites in 2022
  • Figure 18: Federated telco platforms can best address telcos’ challenges
  • Figure 19: Hyperscaler footprint
  • Figure 20: CDN footprint and edge services

Companies: AlefEdge, AWZ, Azure, Google, MobiledgeX, Ori Industries, Singtel, SK Telecom, Stackpath, Verizon, Vodafone, Wavelength

Keywords: Cloud, developers, edge, edge computing, edge platform, enterprise, Hyperscalers, Platform, telco edge, telcos, multi-cloud, multi-edge, networks, infrastructure