Network operators will play a pivotal role in the creation of new revenue services from edge computing
(NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, together with technology
analyst firm Omdia
, released a new report on the implications of the shift to edge computing for telecom operators and the best tactics
and strategies for capitalising on edge growth.
The report – Telcos and edge computing: opportunity, threat or distraction?
– reveals that growth in edge computing could generate new revenue opportunities for operators. Omdia, formerly Ovum,
says specifically that mobile and wireline operators can build a platform for the development of edge services while
saving massively on costs by combining existing cell tower networks with central offices and aggregation points such as
edge data centres.
“The growth at the edge opens opportunities for telecom providers to develop new services related to 5G, IoT and other
innovative technologies,” said Gary Niederpruem, chief strategy and development officer of Vertiv. “Operators will need
partners with international reach, as well as a breadth of solutions and services, to support them on their edge
The Omdia report also reveals that edge growth should open up new areas of competition, with 36% of those surveyed
believing that network operators will be most important in the creation of new revenue services from edge. Application
developers (30%) and public cloud providers (25%) are also seen as key edge players.
“Communications service providers (CSPs) believe they see a clear opportunity in the emerging edge computing market, but
other potential players including public cloud providers and over-the-top (OTT) content players, are equally attracted
by the prospect of delivering the edge,” said Julian Bright, senior telecoms analyst, Omdia and author of the research.
“The size of share that service providers can expect to capture in the market for edge computing will depend on several
factors. These include how successfully they can evolve their networks to support edge computing paradigms and avoid
becoming mere connectivity providers.”
The Omdia report specifically addresses the role prefabricated modular data centres (PFM
) will likely play in helping telecoms operators deliver future edge infrastructure, with the PFM market forecast to
grow from $1.2 billion in 2018 to $4.3 billion in 2023. This projected growth is driven by telcos and the growth of edge
computing, as well as overall growth by cloud service providers, the report highlights.
Alongside rapid deployment, energy efficiency is also a key concern for network operators. In a recently published
update to a landmark 2019 survey commissioned by Vertiv – 2020: Same Hopes, More Fears
– technology analyst firm 451 Research identified that the energy costs associated with edge and 5G connectivity remain
a serious concern for operators.
“Energy consumption is a major concern for 5G network owners as it constitutes between 20-40% of network OPEX,” said
Brian Partridge, vice president, 451 Research. “Analysis conducted by Vertiv estimates 5G will likely increase total
network energy consumption of 150-170% by 2026. The industry desperately needs energy efficient 5G solutions, especially
for power-hungry tech like MIMO antennas, and data centre specific countermeasures.”
To address these evolving needs, Vertiv is constantly developing new infrastructure, software and services to optimise
energy use across the network together with telco partners and customers. The company’s efforts in this area have been
recognised by the GSMA through a verified case study of Vertiv’s work with Telefónica
, allowing both companies to be shortlisted as finalists for Best Mobile Innovation for Climate Action
at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO).
If you want to learn more about telecom trends directly from a panel of Vertiv’s global experts, register for the LinkedIn Live event scheduled on June 9 at 9 pm GMT+8
. For further details on the latest research from Vertiv in the telecom space, visit www.Vertiv.com/5GTelecomAsia
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industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from
the cloud to the edge of the network. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Vertiv employs approximately 20,000 people
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