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U.S. Mobile Operator Edge Computing Spending Forecast, 2018-2023

Mobile operators started the deployment of 5G in 2018 with a few launching commercial services before the end of the year. More launches are expected in 2019 and 2020, as well as the move to the 5G New Core. Part of the 5G implementation process includes moving to software defined networking (SDN), and network function virtualization (NFV). Edge computing (EC) and Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) are two sub-sets of the overall shift away from the traditional network architecture to one that looks more like a data center.

Moreover, both CORD and EC are aspects of the same concept – network equipment and software moving from proprietary platforms to (open source) software running on COTS hardware.

This market study models and forecasts what U.S. mobile operators will spend putting in EC into their networks. Implementation of the 5G new core is discussed because it is a related technology platform; EC and 5G new core will likely be deployed alongside each other in the mobile networks. iGR has therefore included its forecast for U.S. mobile operator spending on building the 5G new core.


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?
  • How is edge computing implemented with public cloud?
  • What are some of the perceived benefits and issues related to EC?
  • What are the key drivers for implementing EC?
  • What is CORD and M-CORD?
  • How do CORD and M-CORD work?
  • What can be done with CORD and M-CORD?
  • What are some of the perceived benefits and issues related to CORD and M-CORD?
  • How much mobile operator spending is likely to occur on EC-based solutions?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Computing infrastructure OEMs
  • Public cloud vendors and OEMs
  • Data center OEMs and operators
  • 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
  • Potential Use Cases for Edge Computing
    • IoT gateway
      • DHL Case Study
      • Texmark Case Study
  • Pros & Cons of Edge Computing
    • Benefits of Edge Computing
    • Cons of Edge Computing
  • CORD and M-CORD
    • Pros of M-CORD
    • Cons of M-CORD
    • News Related to CORD
  • U.S. Mobile Operator Spending on Edge Computing
    • Methodology and Assumptions
  • U.S. Mobile Operator Spending on Core
  • 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: U.S. Mobile Operator Build and Operating Spending on EC, 2018-2023
  • Table B: U.S. Mobile Operator Build Spending on Core Infrastructure, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 1: Different Kinds of Edge Computing
  • Table 2: Some of the Companies Collaborating on CORD and/or M-CORD
  • Table 3: Forecasted U.S. Operator Spending on Edge Computing, 2018-2023
  • Table 4: Forecasted U.S. Operator Network Spending on Edge Computing, 2018-2023
  • Table 5: Forecasted U.S. Operator Operating Spending on Edge Computing, 2018-2023
  • Table 6: U.S. Mobile Operator Build Spending on Core Infrastructure, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: U.S. Mobile Operator Build and Operating Spending on EC, 2018-2023
  • Figure B: U.S. Mobile Operator Build Spending on Core Infrastructure, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Figure 1: Timeline for IMT-2020 (5G)
  • Figure 2: The 4G LTE Network without Edge Computing
  • Figure 3: The 4G LTE Network with Edge Computing behind the EPC
  • Figure 4: The 4G LTE Network with Edge Computing in front of the EPC
  • Figure 5: 5G System Architecture – Network Function Interactions, Non-roaming
  • Figure 6: Non-roaming architecture for the NEF
  • Figure 7: Example of an Integrated MEC Deployment in a 5G Network
  • Figure 8: Illustrating Edge Computing in 5G
  • Figure 9: Example of an Integrated MEC Deployment in a 5G Network
  • Figure 10: MEC Server Building Blocks
  • Figure 11: MEC Reference Architecture
  • Figure 12: Edge Computing with the MNO
  • Figure 13: Edge Computing with the MNO and Public Cloud
  • Figure 14: Edge Computing with the MNO, Enterprise and Public Cloud
  • Figure 15: IoT Gateway
  • Figure 16: Intelligent video acceleration service
  • Figure 17: MEC and CORD in the Network
  • Figure 18: Basic Structure of a Data Center
  • Figure 19: Overview of the Key Elements of M-CORD
  • Figure 20: Key Elements in Building CORD
  • Figure 21: Mobile Operator Network Architecture Today
  • Figure 22: Target Architecture (4G LTE)
  • Figure 23: M-CORD Network Architecture in 4G LTE
  • Figure 24: Today’s Mobile Service/App Processing, 4G LTE
  • Figure 25: Local Breakout in 4G LTE
  • Figure 26: M-CORD and Edge Compute in a Virtualized LTE Network
  • Figure 27: Forecasted U.S. Operator Spending on Edge Computing, 2018-2023
  • Figure 28: Forecasted U.S. Operator Network Spending on Edge Computing, 2018-2023
  • Figure 29: Forecasted U.S. Operator Operating Spending on Edge Computing, 2018-2023
  • Figure 30: U.S. Mobile Operator Build Spending on Core Infrastructure, 2018-2023 ($M)

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