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Small Cells, DAS & Het-Nets

MEC: U.S. Enterprise Spending on the New Small Cell Market, 2017-2026

Multi-access edge computing (MEC) 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, MEC is quite likely to help realize the promise of 5G.

Simply put, MEC marries a radio with a data center. Today, that radio is LTE, but it could also be Wi-Fi, 5G New Radio or some combination of them all. The server component is a secure, virtualized platform which network owners can “open up” to third parties – content providers, application developers, etc.

In so doing, the network owner allows content to be placed at the “edge” – i.e., very close to the end consumer of that content. That content can be anything – streaming video, augmented reality, location-based services, connected vehicle, Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

By putting content and applications at the edge, the network owner can realize operational and cost efficiencies while introducing new services, reducing network latency and, ultimately, improving the end consumer’s quality of experience.

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

Key Questions Answered

  • What is MEC?
  • How does MEC work?
  • How does MEC 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 MEC?
  • What are some of the perceived benefits and issues related to MEC?
  • What are some of the perceived negatives and issues related to indoor small cells?
  • What are the key drivers for implementing MEC?
  • How much enterprise spending is likely to occur on MEC-based solutions?

Who Should Read

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

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • What is 5G?
    • Potential 5G Use Cases
    • Latency
    • 5G Timeline
    • Potential Requirements of 5G
    • Spectrum Needs
    • Challenges Along the Road to 5G
    • What will the first 5G networks look like?
  • What is Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC)?
    • MEC Building Blocks
    • Other Edge Standards
  • Potential Use Cases for MEC
    • Intelligent video acceleration service
    • Video stream analysis
    • Augmented reality (AR)
    • Assistance for intensive computation
    • Enterprise deployments
    • Connected vehicles (CV)
    • IoT gateway
  • What is required for MEC?
    • Why MEC?
    • What is network latency?
    • Getting to sub-5 ms latency in 5G
  • Pros & Cons of MEC
    • Benefits of MEC
    • Cons of MEC
  • Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Forecast: Enterprise Spending on MEC
    • Methodology and Assumptions
    • MEC Spending Forecast
  • MEC Vendor Profiles
    • Applied Computer Solutions (ACS)
    • ADVA Optical Networking
    • Allied Telesis
    • Altiostar
    • Aricent
    • Artesyn Embedded Technologies
    • Athonet
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Dell
    • ECI Telecom
    • HPE
    • Huawei
    • Iguazio
    • Intel
    • InterDigital
    • Juniper Networks
    • Mavenir
    • MECSware
    • NEC
    • Nokia Networks
    • Quortus
    • Saguna Networks
    • SpiderCloud Wireless (Corning)
    • Telenity
    • Vasona Networks
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 2: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 3: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 4: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Table 5: Enterprise Spending on MEC, 2017-2026 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Enterprise Spending per year on MEC, 2017-2026 (in millions)
  • Figure 1: Wired Broadband Weighted Median Latency, Reported by FCC in 2016
  • Figure 2: Timeline for IMT-2020 (5G)
  • Figure 3: The Network without MEC
  • Figure 4: The Network with MEC
  • Figure 5: MEC Server Building Blocks
  • Figure 6: MEC Reference Architecture
  • Figure 7: Intelligent video acceleration service
  • Figure 8: Connected vehicles (CV)
  • Figure 9: IoT Gateway
  • Figure 10: How Latency Adds Up
  • Figure 11: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 12: Buildings in the U.S.
  • Figure 13: Number of Floors per Commercial Building
  • Figure 14: Enterprise Spending on MEC, 2017-2026 (in millions)

For additional information on the MEC: U.S. Enterprise Spending on the New Small Cell Market, 2017-2026 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.