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Edge strategies: which is right for you?

Explore the key choices that lay ahead on your evolution into new edge markets

Edge computing - a must for 5G success

5G and edge computing are opening a world of new revenue opportunities across manufacturing, gaming and entertainment, healthcare, retail and more. How can communications service providers (CSPs) gain an edge ahead of competitors? Find out everything you need to know below.

What is edge computing?

Edge computing is a distributed framework which brings processing and storage resources for applications closer to where data is generated or consumed.

By keeping the compute capacity close to the users, devices or data sources, edge solutions deliver benefits such as low latency, high bandwidth, device processing and data offload, improving the performance, security, operating cost and reliability of applications and services.

The infrastructure for edge computing is hosted by different types of service providers. Typically, the ‘edge’ where execution resources are provided is within or at the boundary of an access network. However, they can also be placed on-premise at enterprises, for example inside factory buildings, in homes or with the help of a wireless router in vehicles such as trains, planes, ambulances and private cars.

Some edge use cases require applications to be deployed across multiple sites. In such cases, a distributed cloud can be helpful, acting as an execution environment for applications over multiple sites, including connectivity managed as one solution.

CSPs are in a great position to capture the edge opportunity

Today’s CSPs are ideally positioned to deliver intelligent traffic routing from the mobile network to the optimal location of the application, as well as having people on the ground and expert knowledge of network topology, network efficiency, device management and more.

The evolution to cloud-native network functions and distributed cloud computing enables CSPs to move beyond traditional connectivity-service models and opens new doors to adjacent industries.

Edge strategies: which is right for you?

​Edge requires a transformative shift in the way you approach and invest in your business, technologies, and the ecosystem.

In our edge strategy playbook, we explore the key choices that lay ahead on your evolution into new edge markets, including:

  • Which go-to-market model is right for you and your business?
  • Which technology choices should you consider for key functions?
  • Which partnerships will be decisive for your new business reality?

Our strategy recommendations are all based on insights gained through extensive collaboration with key players in the edge computing ecosystem. Download your copy today.

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How to effectively deploy edge computing

There are five interdependent key areas that have been identified by the standards, CSPs and analysists to be the most significant methods of defining and deploying an edge computing solution.

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A footprint-flexible, efficient, automated infrastructure provides high reliability. For this to happen, the edge infrastructure needs to be deployed either on-premise at enterprises or in the CSP network, hosting both telco workloads and 3rd party/over the top applications with a limited local management system.

Orchestration should provide smart 3rd party/over the top workload placement and topology discovery, controlling which sites the 3rd party/over the top applications are deployed on, and how they’re configured.

To simplify the application developers’ interaction with the telecom network, the exposure solution should expose the APIs for the edge, as well as at the edge for telco applications, for consumption by 3rd party/over the top applications. By exposing information like user equipment and device location, use cases can be improved.

Routing data to the nearest edge location where the application is hosted helps meet the demand of the application – delivering a better customer experience. This process should be a simplified mechanism, such as distributed anchor or multiple sessions, aligned with standardized approach.

To enable termination at distributed sites, the user plane is critical. Through the deployment of a 3GPP-compliant, low footprint Packet Core user plane functions, including local LCM support, the solution becomes easy to install and manage.

Hear from experts about edge computing

Edge creates massive opportunities for telecom operators

Join Erik Ekudden and Randeep Sekhon, CTO of Bharti Airtel, as they discuss concrete use cases to start capturing edge opportunities, by looking at exposure of network capabilities to the broader ecosystem in one of the world’s largest markets.

Scaling the edge

How is 5G and edge computing being scaled up in the real world? Listen to Carlos Bravo, Director Cloud Strategy at Ericsson and to Mark Thiele, Co-Founder & CEO of Edgevana discussing real-world edge examples, their challenges and how others overcame those.

CSP network edge meets enterprise edge

Watch Lars Mårtensson, Vice President and Head of Solution Area Cloud & NFVi, Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley, Ericsson and Amir Rao, Head of Solution Portfolio and Technology Alliances, Amazon Web Services (AWS) discuss the enterprise values that can be created when 5G network edge and enterprise edge are seamlessly integrated.

Edge and 5G — a platform for innovation

Listen to Erik Ekudden CTO, Ericsson and Tomas Kurian CEO, Google Cloud discussing the new 5G ecosystem consisting of service providers, cloud players and Ericsson catering for an open programming model for application developers to create value.


CTO Focus Sessions

The CTO Focus Sessions are fireside chats on the potential of Edge and 5G. The sessions are hosted by Ericsson’s CTO Erik Ekudden and include key players of the 5G ecosystem.

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