Hoffman: Minimum Edge $3M-10

Servers inside the telco network are going to be important. Korea Telecom has announced 8 regional hubs. I believe Deutsche Telekom offers 13 hubs initially. They are beginning to provide revenue, allow making deals, and let your people build the necessary system and interfaces.

Jason Hoffman is CEO of MobiledgeX, a California based subsidiary of DT. He writes, “A powerful ‘rack’ tends to run about $250,000 and you can do 1-3 per site at a minimum. So generally a basic edge ‘experiment’ is probably around $3.5-6M in hardware and software.”

Distributed clouds are a challenge to manage. The synchronisation can be hard. You’ll need to resolve innumerable problems. Your people need training. Time to get started.

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Crucial question: Where goes Edge. 5 ms, 15 ms, 30 ms,50 ms, further

5G network latency delays often are doubled if the telco doesn’t have a well-designed Edge Cloud. I discovered I couldn’t do a good job on 5G Strategies if I didn’t incorporate Edge Networks.

Verizon estimates 30 ms latency on its 5G network. It is installing Edge Networks that will bring latency down to about 15 ms. Vicki Palmer intends to turn on the Verizon Edge in 2019.

The biggest design question about Edge is where will it be?

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UK Edge servers: BT says 1,000; Vodafone 64; DT 12

Iain Morris quotes Tom Bennett of BT, “BT would need 1,000 edge computing centres to cover the whole UK. … But it has yet to work out the business case for a major edge investment. One challenge that surrounds the so-called ‘distributed cloud’ will be getting customers to pay for premium services. Another is determining … Read moreUK Edge servers: BT says 1,000; Vodafone 64; DT 12

Upgrading the backbone can do more for latency than 5G

Enrique Blanco of Telefonica is collapsing his transport network from 8 to 4 layers. Lee Hicks of Verizon is “Ripping out 200,000 pieces of equipment as part of Verizon One Fiber.” He is replacing them with one-tenth as many boxes. Cost and simplicity are the main goals, but latency is being dramatically improved as well. I’ve recently discovered that the latency … Read moreUpgrading the backbone can do more for latency than 5G