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U.S. Enterprise Edge Computing Spending Forecast, 2018-2023

Edge computing (EC) – and there are several different versions/approaches – emerged on the wireless industry stage several years ago. It has the potential to be as disruptive a technology as anything that is being discussed today – 5G New Radio, NFV/SDN, C-RAN, etc. In fact, EC is quite likely to help realize the promise of 5G particularly since the new 5G system architecture is designed to capitalize on virtualization.

iGR defines an edge computing hardware platform as a secure, virtualized platform which can be “opened up” to third parties – content providers, application developers, etc. That platform might incorporate an LTE radio (including the CBRS band), Wi-Fi, 5G NR or some combination of them. Today, most edge compute implementations use Ethernet and/or Wi-Fi and not cellular. Over time, iGR believes that will change as private LTE networks (primarily based on CBRS) get deployed and more 4G/5G-based IoT devices are brought to market.

In this report, iGR forecasts enterprise spending on EC-based solutions for the U.S. market.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is EC? What are some of the other edge computing concepts?
  • How does EC work?
  • How does EC relate to other edge computing initiatives, such as OpenFog, CORD Project, Open Edge Computing (OEC), Open Compute, and EdgeX Foundry?
  • What can be done with EC?
  • What are some of the perceived benefits and issues related to EC?
  • What are some of the perceived negatives and issues related to indoor small cells?
  • What are the key drivers for implementing EC?
  • How many commercial buildings will have EC deployed?
  • How much enterprise spending is likely to occur on EC-based solutions?

Who Should Read

  • Data center OEMs and operators
  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Computing infrastructure OEMs
  • Small cell product and solution vendors
  • Backhaul service providers and equipment OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • What this Means
  • Methodology
  • What is 5G?
    • 5G Timeline
    • 5G Use Cases
    • URLLC
    • Massive IoT
    • 5G Services and Use Cases
  • What is Edge Computing?
    • Criteria around what goes at the edge
    • Where can edge compute be placed?
    • Edge computing in 4G
    • Edge Computing and 5G
    • Brief overview of MEC building blocks
    • Edge Computing with Public Cloud and the MNO
    • Summary
  • Examples of Enterprise Edge Computing
    • ABB – Energy Optimization
    • DHL – Warehouse Insight
    • DroneWorks – Drone Predictive Maintenance
    • FANUC – Predictive Maintenance
    • FreeWave – Predictive Maintenance and Production Line Productivity
    • Hangar Technology – Drone Data Insight
    • HIROTEC – Predictive Analytics and Production Line Visibility
    • Kaeser Kompressoren – Predictive Analytics
    • Mazak – Production Line Productivity
    • Rockwell Automation – Operational Insight
    • Sentryo and VINCI Energies – Security and Manufacturing Network Visibility
    • Shimane Fujitsu – Production Line Visibility
    • Tetra Pak – Predictive Maintenance
    • Texmark Chemicals – Predictive Analytics and Production Visibility
    • Other examples from Sprint
  • Pros & Cons of Edge Computing
    • Benefits of Edge Computing
    • Cons of Edge Computing
  • Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Forecast: Enterprise Spending on Edge Computing
    • Methodology and Assumptions
    • EC Spending Forecast
  • Edge Computing Vendor Profiles
    • ADLINK
    • ADVA Optical Networking
    • Affirmed Networks
    • Allied Telesis
    • Altiostar
    • American Tower
    • Anixter
    • Aricent (Altran Group)
    • Artesyn Embedded Technologies
    • Athonet
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • AT&T
    • CBRE
    • Cisco
    • CommScope
    • Compass Datacenters
    • Corning SpiderCloud Wireless
    • CPLANE NETWORKS
    • Crown Castle
    • DartPoints
    • Dell
    • ECI Telecom
    • EdgeConneX
    • EdgeMicro
    • Ericsson
    • GE Digital
    • HPE
    • Huawei
    • Iguazio
    • Intel
    • InterDigital
    • Juniper Networks
    • JMA Wireless
    • Limelight Networks
    • Mavenir
    • MECSware
    • NEC
    • NetFoundry
    • Nokia Networks
    • NVIDIA
    • Packet
    • Quortus
    • Radisys
    • RTI (Real-Time Innovations)
    • Saguna Networks
    • SBA Communications Corporation (SBA)
    • Smart Edge
    • Sprint
    • STRATACACHE
    • T-Mobile
    • Telenity
    • Vapor IO
    • Vasona Networks
    • Verizon
    • Vertical Bridge
    • VMware
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Enterprise Spending on EC, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 1: Different Kinds of Edge Computing
  • Table 2: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 3: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 4: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 5: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Table 6: U.S. Commercial Building Penetration of EC, 2018-2023
  • Table 7: U.S. Commercial Buildings with EC, 2018-2023
  • Table 8: U.S. Commercial Buildings with EC by Vertical, 2018-2023
  • Table 9: Enterprise Spending on EC, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Enterprise Spending per year on EC, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Figure 1: Timeline for IMT-2020 (5G)
  • Figure 2: The 4G LTE Network without Edge Computing
  • Figure 3: The 4G LTE Network with Edge Computing behind the EPC
  • Figure 4: The 4G LTE Network with Edge Computing in front of the EPC
  • Figure 5: 5G System Architecture – Network Function Interactions, Non-roaming
  • Figure 6: Non-roaming architecture for the NEF
  • Figure 7: Example of an Integrated MEC Deployment in a 5G Network
  • Figure 8: Illustrating Edge Computing in 5G
  • Figure 9: Example of an Integrated MEC Deployment in a 5G Network
  • Figure 10: MEC Server Building Blocks
  • Figure 11: MEC Reference Architecture
  • Figure 12: Edge Computing with the MNO
  • Figure 13: Edge Computing with the MNO and Public Cloud
  • Figure 14: Edge Computing with the MNO, Enterprise and Public Cloud
  • Figure 15: DroneWorks Azure Architecture
  • Figure 16: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 17: Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 18: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Figure 19: U.S. Commercial Building Penetration of EC, 2018-2023
  • Figure 20: U.S. Commercial Buildings with EC, 2018-2023
  • Figure 21: U.S. Commercial Buildings with EC by Vertical, 2018-2023
  • Figure 22: Enterprise Spending on EC, 2018-2023 (in millions)

For additional information on the U.S. Enterprise Edge Computing Spending Forecast, 2018-2023 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.