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Why do enterprise telco services need edge computing?

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Why do enterprise telco services need edge computing?

By Louise Merifield is Operations Manager & co-founder at SixSq

Telco companies have traditionally generated business by providing network services and connectivity. However, due in no small part to internet platforms and smartphones, they are under pressure to adapt to a changing digital landscape. Tech giants, OTT players, and hyperscalers are disrupting the market with their infrastructure and innovation, so how can telco service providers stay relevant?

This is where edge computing can step in, providing a way to transform services which, if approached with the right tools, provide a way to reduce risk, decrease costs and remove complexity.

How can edge computing help?

Through the integration of edge computing, telcos can effectively address a multitude of challenges for both wired and mobile networks.

Telco providers are looking for ways to enhance the quality and security of their services. Through the power of edge computing, they can introduce cutting-edge monitoring solutions that offer real-time insights into network performance. This, in turn, empowers proactive maintenance and rapid issue resolution. Furthermore, edge-based cybersecurity mechanisms can swiftly identify and mitigate potential security threats, thereby ensuring the integrity of data and fostering user trust. Moreover, the minimized latency achieved through edge computing significantly optimizes service delivery, resulting in elevated user experiences.

A customer-centric approach

We can also look at this from the perspective of telco customers and how edge computing can support them and their businesses. Edge computing empowers telcos to offer solutions that appeal to a wide range of sectors, including:

Logistics and shipping: In Logistics and shipping, edge computing can enhance worker safety in industrial settings through AI-driven safety monitoring. It also improves product tracking and inventory management, while using edge-based analytics to facilitate accurate supply chain management.

Retail and transport: In the retail and transport verticals, edge computing provides anonymized video services with no privacy intrusion, while still delivering insights for business operations.

Manufacturing: In manufacturing, it integrates predictive analytics to contribute to decision-making processes.

Energy: In the energy sector, edge computing can enhance efficiency, reducing latency in monitoring. This decentralized approach optimizes energy distribution while enabling real-time analysis.

Telco: In telco, edge computing revolutionizes network performance, addresses security challenges, and enhances user experiences. With a customer-centric focus, telcos can deploy edge solutions tailored to the desired industries.

Health: In health, edge computing facilitates real-time data processing, enabling faster diagnostics and remote patient monitoring. By bringing computation closer to the point of care, it enhances healthcare efficiency, reduces latency, and supports the delivery of timely and personalized medical services.

Modernizing with container-based services

Telecommunication companies wishing to modernize their network infrastructure are looking to container-based services. Edge computing can tackle the challenge of providing efficient solutions for managing and scaling containerized applications. In fact, edge computing is a powerful solution to this problem, streamlining the complexity associated with handling these applications and workloads while supporting operational and resource demands.

In essence, edge computing can drive a transformation within the telco industry, enabling providers to introduce innovative solutions that cater to a wide spectrum of requirements spanning wired and mobile networks. Telcos can push their services to new heights, enhancing performance, security, and efficiency. From cutting-edge monitoring and cybersecurity to AI- driven video analysis, the possibilities are endless. As the telco landscape continues to evolve, embracing edge computing is no longer an option—it’s a necessity for staying competitive.

About the author

Louise Merifield is Operations Manager & co-founder at SixSq. Louise is responsible for the company’s overall operations, finance and management and I contribute to the strategic roadmap of the company.

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