Edge ‘As A Service’
In this business model, the telecoms company acts in the same way as a cloud provider, providing distributed storage and computing capabilities; a platform for developing applications on the edge infrastructure, and network services in an ‘as a service’ manner through a cloud portal as the customer interface.
The big difference to dedicated edge hosting for the network operator, is that there are no guaranteed customers beforehand. There is a higher risk for the telecoms company as it needs to invest in MEC coverage and widely deploy the edge infrastructure up front, before a revenue stream is established.
This model is more scalable however, and there is the possibility of a larger ongoing revenue stream, assuming sufficient adoption among customers.
Customers might be IoT application providers who want to optimise applications so that they can analyse the data from devices to trigger actions quickly. Other potential customers include large enterprises, systems integrators, CDN providers, content owners and other cloud providers.