Mobile Edge Computing and NFV for Small Cell Evolution

Mobile edge computing brings processing, storage and management capabilities closer to the end-user in the base station; macro or small cell or in a proximate cell aggregation node. The end-user benefits come from direct improvement to network performance in terms of latency and throughput. Operators also enjoy the cost-effective capacity enhancement within the network and the new monetization opportunities created from both hosting apps and content from partners in the radio access, and from offering advanced services to subscribers.

Although still a relatively small market, the edge computing market is developing and driven by support from big names in the IT and telecom worlds including Intel, IBM, Nokia, Huawei, NTT Docomo and SKT. The market is formed on partnerships between different stakeholders and promises sustainable revenues for all players within their respective businesses.

This report provides an overview of the development of mobile edge computing small cell technology and market. It explains the concept of mobile edge computing and other related terms and also examines the technical architecture and different components within the system. The report also provides a market overview and the different types of stakeholders and their advantages.

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. INTRODUCTION
    • 2.1. Network Virtualization
    • 2.2. Mobile Edge Computing
    • 2.3. Benefits to Mobile Operators
    • 2.4. Industry Bodies Efforts
    • 2.5. Terminology
  • 3. TECHNICAL OVERVIEW
    • 3.1. System Architecture
    • 3.2. Additional Technical and Deployment Considerations
  • 4. MARKET OVERVIEW
    • 4.1. Value Chain and Stakeholders
    • 4.2. Value Proposition for Enterprises and Third Parties
    • 4.3. Suggested Use Cases and Services
    • 4.4. The Role of Enterprises and Venues
  • 5. EXAMPLES OF ACTIVE MEMBERS WITHIN THE ECOSYSTEM
    • 5.1. Intel
    • 5.2. Saguna
    • 5.3. SpiderCloud
    • 5.4. Quortus
    • 5.5. Nokia
  • 6. CONCLUSION
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Research Information

Publish Date
3Q 2015
Code
AN-1740
Research Type
Technology Analysis Report
Pages
20