Edge Computing 2020

In the 5 years since I published my first report on the edge computing market, it has evolved from an obscure niche to a trendy buzzword. What originally started as a mobile-only technology, has evolved into a complex field, with applications in IT, telco, industry and clouds. While I have been working on the subject for 6 years, first as an analyst, then as a developer and network operator at Telefonica, I have noticed that the industry’s perception of the space has polarized drastically with each passing year.


The idea that telecom operators could deploy and use a decentralized computing fabric throughout their radio access has been largely swept aside and replaced by the inexorable advances in cloud computing, showing a capacity to abstract decentralized computing capacity into a coherent, easy to program and consume data center as a service model.

This report examines the growth of the edge computing market as it transitions from pure telco to hybrid cloud model with the entrance of Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other webscalers.

Report description:

  • Released May 2020
  • 92 pages
  • 35 diagrams and illustrations
  • Edge computing definition
  • Where are the edges?
  • Telco vs hyperscaler
  • Benefits 
  • Use cases review 
  • Business models
  • Technology and standards
  • vendors, operators, hyperscalers and platformers strategies
  • Companies reviewed: AWS, Ericsson, ETSI, Facebook, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, MobiledgeX, Netflix, Nokia, Nvidia, ONF, Red Hat, Telefonica,TIP, VMWare, ORI industries, Vodafone...

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