Adapting to Network Demands on the Edge
MWC Stage A, Hall 6 Wednesday 1 March 2.45pm
Managing Director EMEA, Telecom Industry
What are the main applications being supported by edge cloud services currently?
5G provides new capabilities in terms of bandwidth, latency, transport characteristics and security that make new use cases possible that business customers could not realise in the past. Those use cases need a combination of connectivity and computing capabilities that also include AIML and the handling of vast amounts of data. We have already seen a great number of successful use cases resulting from this innovation journey of CSPs.
Current use cases span all industries and range from computer vision for safety, crowd control and quality inspection to digital agriculture solutions utilising sensors and robotics. We see digital twins in areas such as drone powered search and rescue in the emergency services, sports applications in stadiums and augmented audio in concert halls. The range is only limited by the imagination of developers who move really fast to explore these new capabilities.
Looking forward, what applications do you see being supported in the next five-to-ten years?
Adoption of 5G use cases is still at an early stage and the technology is one tool in the portfolio of connectivity options that CSPs can provide their customers to enable cloud capabilities at the edge for new use cases. The challenge is to predict both the use cases that succeed as well as the commercial models required to effectively support them.
Experimentation is key. There is no compression algorithm for experience and speed is disproportionally important. AWS works with a number of operators to identify new opportunities in their innovation hubs together with end customers. We also bring our powerful large partner community of vendors and ISVs with over 100,000 partners from more than 150 countries to the table to accelerate this process.
Why is it important for operators to have a strategy in place to support edge services, and what are the major challenges they face?
To fully monetise 5G investments, telecom operators and CSPs have to change their business model to become partner centric instead of managing vendor-buyer relationships. Enabling a vibrant collaboration with developers to provide end customers in the B2B space with use cases that meet their needs, operators must create an ecosystem that brings together their connectivity offers, cloud capabilities and the experience and know how to build applications and services on top that can be consumed easily and cost efficiently.