Multi-access edge computing (MEC) has become a buzzword in recent years. But with the advent of 5G and an increased interest in private wireless networks, MEC deployments and partnerships have now started to materialise.
Operators are already putting their MEC strategies in place, hoping to reap the benefits. According to the GSMA Intelligence Enterprise Opportunity 2021 Survey, over the next two years, 51% of operators see local infrastructure (e.g. on-site edge computing gateway) with access to the public network as a key means of serving enterprise clients’ requirements for private networks. Recent tie-ups between operators and cloud vendors have focused on new use cases enabled by the combination of 5G private networks and MEC technology, and the potential benefits for the digital transformation of industries.
However, this opportunity also brings the risk of new competitive threats and a need to rethink traditional telco partners. Where is the “edge?” Do 5G private networks need it? What are the new competitive threats for telcos? Is there a killer app?
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