Edge Computing for Communications Providers
Aricent is now Altran, helping Communications Providers build the end-to-end Edge Compute infrastructure and platform needed to bring the next generation of applications and services to their customers.
What is Edge computing?
Amidst all the hype and promises around edge computing, it’s important to identify the 4 types:
- Mobile network edge: For mobile communications providers, the edge resides on fixed and/or mobile network facilities, which could be decentralised core datacentres, central offices, network aggregation points, eNodeB or base stations.
- Enterprise edge: This type of edge refers to compute workloads that reside on an enterprise’s premises to keep data and processing localized. This could potentially be managed by CSPs, and used for compliance or latency reasons, or in combination with processing carried out in the telco network (e.g. hybrid uCPE-vCPE) or in the centralized clouds.
- IoT edge: Analytics and IoT control functions can be carried out in an on premise gateway to reduce the amount of data sent to the centralised cloud or for latency or compliance reasons.
- Device edge: This encompasses all IoT devices, surveillance cameras, autonomous cars and consumer devices such as smartphones.
Today’s customers want real-time exchange on their mobile and wireless platforms.
Edge computing technology allows for this by taking the load off monolithic data processing centers and the cloud, and moving it as close as possible to the multitude of devices that now make up the Internet of Things (IoT).
With their distributed assets and unique network resources, Communication Service Providers are in a unique position to create value from the emerging distributed cloud and edge computing paradigm.
Altran’s Edge Compute Solutions offer CSP’s an easy path to application-centric networks, keeping them relevant and moving at future speed.
We help CSPs maximize coordination of their edge compute initiatives across mobile edge, IoT, enterprise and device domains, identifying and aligning technical and commercial approaches into shared platforms under a single business initiative.
We build for near-term use cases like delivery and caching of high-throughput content, private cellular networks and vCPE/uCPE enterprise solutions, as well as longer-term use cases like AR/VR, V2X functionality and industrial automation, so that you get the most out of your edge investments.