TECH SUPPLIER May 2020 - Technology Assessment - Doc # AP45982920

Topology of the Edge — Exploring Architecture Alternatives for the MEC

By: Bill RojasAdjunct Research Director, IDC Asia/Pacific, Hugh UjhazyVice President, IoT and Telecommunications

Table of Contents

IDC Opinion

In This Study

Situation Overview

Telco Edge Spending and 5G CAPEX Plans

Table: Impact of 5G Pull-Through by Segment

Figure: Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan and Greater China) Carrier Network IT Virtualization and Cloudification Spending, 2018–2024

Telco Edge Network Architecture Decision Factors

International Standards and Frameworks

Storage Topology

Integration with the Transport/Aggregation Routing Network

Relationship Between 5G RAN Architecture and the Telco Edge

Figure: 5G + MEC Deployment Topology for <5MS Latency

How Does the ETSI MEC Framework Enable the Telco Edge Applications?

Figure: ETSI MEC Framework Relative to the 5G Core

3GPP 5G Enablers for the Telco Edge

Figure: 3GPP 5G Core and MEC

Future Outlook

Essential Guidance

Figure: Communications SP Road Map to Realizing the Telco Edge

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