As the result of the growth in 5G deployment, the telecommunications industry has been paying more attention to edge computing as a potential value-add service driving new revenues for both the telcos and cloud providers. Increasingly, enterprises needs a larger edge computing footprint from their preferred service provider. Enabling retail service providers to supplement their own telco edge coverage with edge computing services from wholesale partners is the obvious solution.
The challenge is that business automation between telco edge operators is not currently based on open standardized APIs with standardized edge computing data schemas. The Hot Mongoose project brings together some of the world’s leading telco edge providers to reach consensus on using open standardized LSO APIs together with a MEF-endorsed data schema describing the required edge computing service.
Once agreement on such a MEF-endorsed product payload is reached, hundreds of operators around the globe will be able to dynamically participate in global-scale, high-value telco edge offerings thereby maximizing the availability of such services in the segments like manufacturing, retail, healthcare, mobility and government.
“Not massively surprising, especially for (major service provider), as there’s almost no “single-carrier” edge compute uses. Most will need to be accessible by users on multiple networks, including from fixed broadband/WiFi. Without an “edge interconnect” fabric it’s all pretty futile, IMO”
How multi-provider edge computing services are becoming a reality through LSO APIs.
The edge computing market will grow dramatically if enterprises can obtain a global telco edge footprint from a single service provider regardless of how many suppliers are required behind the scenes.
MEF member NTT Communications is selling today edge compute services to its Industry 4.0 customers in Japan using only its own facilities. Its customers are increasingly interested in accessing this NTT service internationally outside NTT's own footprint. This makes the ability to seamlessly order and manage off-net edge compute from partners very valuable. NTT initiated this project in accelerate the availability of a multi-provider telco edge market for NTT customers.
Present consensus at the upcoming MEF members meeting in Rome (April 17-20) on on the business requirements and use cases for telco edge computing services that can be used to create the first draft of a MEF-endorsed LSO Product Payload for edge computing services.
Make an MEF-endorsed LSO Product Payload for edge computing services available on the LSO Marketplace for use with open standardized LSO APIs.
The telco edge market will be hampered by the lack of a scalable multi-provider market effectively holding back many 5G and AI use cases that require a large and dynamic compute footprint regardless of provider.