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Service providers around the globe are investing billions in network infrastructure to deploy 5G at scale. To justify these capital expenditures, they must craft solid business plans to monetize that infrastructure.

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One compelling way to monetize is to leverage the power of Edge computing to deliver next-generation services to enterprise customers. But according to new research, just 6% of enterprise IT decision makers would select operators for help with their Edge implementations.

This research, commissioned by World Wide Technology and performed by Analysys Mason, forms the basis of our new report, The Edge Disconnect. It highlights the drivers for enterprise Edge adoption and provides insight into the challenges decision makers face in making Edge a reality for their business.

Industries covered by the research include transport, public sector, manufacturing, retail, financial services and healthcare. In each of these sectors, distributing computing through Edge implementations presents an opportunity to transform data management in line with the realities of an increasingly connected digital economy, as well as introducing new cost efficiencies and improvements to data security and compliance.

The report also identifies the 30 industry-specific Edge use cases likely to deliver the greatest revenue potential, all of which benefit from Edge's suitability for transformative, data-intensive applications.

Finally, it explores the support enterprises require in order to realize this remarkable potential. Partners must demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Deliver connectivity as an Edge location owner.
  2. Effectively integrate Edge with the enterprise's current infrastructure, with specific focus on cybersecurity capabilities as an Edge connector.
  3. Focus on the end-user and make deployment of new Edge use cases and associated applications easy, enabling ongoing innovation as an Edge application enabler.

Here, service providers' deep understanding of connectivity is a key advantage. With the assistance of a partner who can bridge any gaps in their knowledge of vertical-specific use cases, they can develop pre-packaged solutions covering all three of the above requirements.

Achieve this, and service providers will be on the road to changing enterprise perceptions, increasingly cementing themselves as the de facto partners for enterprise Edge deployments.

The Edge Disconnect: How Service Providers Can Change Perceptions to Become the Authority in Enterprise Edge Computing
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