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Edge Computing for Improved Digital Business Networks

Published: 21 October 2015

ID: G00291619

Analyst(s): Sylvain Fabre, Kosei Takiishi, Kenshi Tazaki

Summary

Edge computing of small servers close to the user can transform existing ecosystems and create new differentiation opportunities for CSPs, including the IoT. CSPs' CTOs and CIOs should work together and expand their roles beyond organizational silos in this network transformation.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Introduction

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Several projects/concepts have been promoting edge computing, and CSPs' user experience, such as latency and bandwidth, will be improved substantially
    • Latency Improvement
    • Convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Communication Technology (CT) Makes Edge Computing Easier to Realize
  • CSPs have been losing the initiative to over-the-top (OTT) players, but edge computing can provide new differentiation to CSPs
    • From Dumb Pipe to Smart Pipe
    • New Business Opportunities and Value Chains for CSPs
    • Global Trend to Open Data and Release APIs
  • Edge computing can help CSPs to optimize the network for the IoT

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