Telco network edge computing: Lessons from early movers

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Drawing from the experience of Lumen, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon and Vodafone, this report identifies the steps, partnerships and expectations of a successful telco edge strategy.


Format: PDF filePages: 51 pagesAuthor: Tilly Gilbert, Gavin ThomasPublication Date: February 2024


Market demand for network edge computing has been slower than expected and the market was still nascent in 2023: most edge customers (51%) have small (two to three servers) deployments, and 34% are on freemium models. Despite this, we expect deployments to gain momentum in the future, as we already see 24% of edge customers with small deployments across multiple data centres.


Table of Contents

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Analysis of lessons from early movers
    • Lumen
    • SK Telecom
    • Telef√≥nica
    • Verizon
    • Vodafone
  • Conclusions for the industry


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: AWS, CDN, Colt, Edge Bare Metal, edge computing, logistics, Lumen, manufacturing, MEC, media, network edge, retail, SASE, Singtel, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Telekom Malaysia, Tourism, transport, Verizon, Vodafone