Telco Edge Strategies Start to Mature

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By Dimitris Mavrakis | 1Q 2021 | IN-6029


Telcos Start to Face the Network Edge Reality


As 2021 begins, 5G networks have appeared in most developed markets; several deployments are already well underway on a large scale. Many of these operators have realized that 5G may not introduce the revenue uplift that previous generations did, and the investment to enable enterprise use cases and applications is far too risky at the current point in time. As such, most 5G deployments are limited to the consumer space, and although there are a few pilots, proof of concepts, and partnerships for enterprise cellular, these are limited to niche use cases and are nowhere near the US$1 trillion annual service revenue target that operators make in the consumer market.

The network edge is where the new battle is taking place. Mobile operators have already deployed edge data centers in their central offices and mobile gateway aggregation points but have not yet found a way to monetize them. Central offices are typically found in every city while mobile gateway aggregation points are a step closer to the core network compared with central offices. These locations have traditio…

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