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Western European 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 and especially in Western Europe. Edge computing 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. This is especially true in Western Europe, with its highly industrialized economies, established mobile operators, and highly developed wireless and mobile industry.

In this report, iGR defines an edge computing hardware platform as a secure, virtualized platform which can be “open 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 Western European 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 in Western Europe?

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
  • Forecast: Western European 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: Western European Enterprise Spending on EC, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Table 1: Different Kinds of Edge Computing
  • Table 2: Western Europe Commercial Building Penetration of EC, 2018-2023
  • Table 3: Western Europe Commercial Buildings with EC, 2018-2023
  • Table 4: Western Europe Commercial Buildings with EC by Vertical, 2018-2023
  • Table 5: Western Europe Enterprise Spending on EC, 2018-2023 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Western European 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: Western Europe Commercial Building Penetration of EC, 2018-2023
  • Figure 17: Western Europe Commercial Buildings with EC, 2018-2023
  • Figure 18: Western Europe Commercial Buildings with EC by Vertical, 2018-2023
  • Figure 19: Western Europe Enterprise Spending on EC, 2018-2023 (in millions)

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