TEC17 Podcast: How Edge Computing Will Help Service Providers Monetize 5G
The increased bandwidth and decreased latency of 5G is driving more data to be processed at the edge of a network and a need for mobile edge computing. In our latest TEC17 podcast, we discuss the business value and strategy behind the mobile edge.
The rollout of 5G will require massive capital investments on behalf of service providers. At the same time, the mobile industry needs new top line growth to reverse the current trend of mobile broadband commoditization — ever increasing consumption with decreasing economic return.
This puts service providers in a bind. Because subscribers remain a cash cow but offer little in top line revenue growth, service providers must find new revenue streams to prosper and remain competitive in a 5G economy.
A key part of that equation is mobile edge computing (MEC), which effectively pushes data center capabilities as close to the end device — the edge of the network — as possible in order to provide faster speeds and lower latency.
Demand for MEC is expected to grow for a wide range of applications as the increased bandwidth and decreased latency of 5G enables more data to be processed at the edge of a network rather the cloud. MEC figures to play a pivotal role in helping service providers deliver next-generation — and, more importantly, monetize — services to enterprise customers, which are looking for a more robust network infrastructure as they seek to become more digitally savvy.
In our latest TEC17 podcast, we talk to Joe Wojtal, chief technology officer of WWT’s Global Service Provider organization, and Eric Braun, chief commercial officer of MobiledgeX, about what edge computing is, why it exists and what value it delivers to both service providers and businesses.
WWT and MobiledgeX are collaborating to accelerate commercialization of scalable MEC deployments by validating total stack edge infrastructure configurations and creating certified edge infrastructure reference designs to enable mobile operators to quickly and confidently deploy edge services at a global scale and to meet the requirements of next-gen applications and devices.
Wojtal and Braun also discuss WWT’s Bare Metal Provisioning Solution, and the importance of standardization and consistency in how mobile operators consume edge technology, given the diversity of devices and hardware being processed at the edge.
Using WWT’s Bare Metal Provisioning Solution, users can select specific stacks and operating systems of their choice and provision them across a vendor-neutral ecosystem of hardware using the DMTF Redfish standard. Unlike other provisioning options, WWT’s Bare Metal Provisioning Solution is completely hardware-agnostic, giving customers their choice of platforms to use.
Creating such standardization is important to expediting the build out of a 5G, both inside the network and for customer premise equipment (CPE) opportunities.