The rise of edge computing

May 19, 2021 | 51 views

The growing momentum around 5G has spurred the rise of edge computing applications designed to crunch and process data at the edge of the network. In this e-guide, read more about edge computing developments in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the pros and cons of adding edge computing to a cloud architecture

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Ericsson’s 5G platform adds unique core and business communication capabilities

Article | October 7, 2022

To leverage the full benefits of 5G and cloud native investments, orchestration and automation are now a critical matter of business. Ericsson’s 5G platform is now being strengthened with new solutions that enable smarter business. David Bjore, Head of R&D and Portfolio, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, says: “Through our core networks, service providers can get to market faster and can capitalize on new services, through leading consumer and enterprise communication and monetization solutions, enabling them to stay ahead in the race for 5G business, today and tomorrow.”

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Ericsson researchers top 4.3Gbps downlink on 5G millimeter wave

Article | June 7, 2022

With a technical specification comprising 8 component carriers (8CC) aggregating 800MHz of millimeter wave spectrum, Ericsson engineers achieved delivery rates of 4.3Gbps – the fastest 5G speed to date. Ericsson Radio System Street Macro 6701 delivered data with downlink speeds of 4.3Gbps over-the-air to an industry partner test device during interoperability testing. The commercial solution, including network and terminal support, will be available to 5G consumers during 2020.

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Intelligence Brief: How is 5G changing network ownership?

Article | May 13, 2022

5G necessitates a different network strategy. Unlike previous generations, 5G deployment is not only about adding more sites and increasing backhaul capacity. In fact, it is more about rethinking the whole network architecture to make it agile. The high capacity requirements of 5G will necessitate the use of small cells in cities and areas of high footfall (such as airports) to complement national macro networks. Private networks (for example to sell into enterprise customers) and the concept of a neutral host (such as for sports stadiums) are further examples of diversification.

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5G Needs Edge Computing to Deliver on Its Promises

Article | February 11, 2020

Edge computing will be a key enabler for 5G to deliver on its bandwidth and latency requirements. In the short term, it can enable developers to provide a “5G experience” at scale. In the long term, it will be necessary to optimise customer experience for real-time, data hungry applications. Telecoms operators have reported that 5G in the lab can deliver network speeds that are more than twenty times faster than LTE1. But, this does not reflect the experience of the average user. And 5G roll out in many countries will be limited in terms of coverage and capabilities for several more years, given that the ultra-low latency standards will only be revealed in 3GPP’s Release 16 later this year. This is why it is likely that, for 5G to deliver on its promises, it must be coupled with edge computing.

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Softcat is a market-leading IT infrastructure reseller, delivering solutions across eight solution areas: asset management, business intelligence & analytics, collaboration, commodity sourcing, digital workspace, datacentre, networking & security, software licensing and IT services to organisations in both private companies and public sector organisations in the UK.

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Kyndryl and Nokia Announce Global Network and Edge Computing Alliance

Kyndryl & Nokia | February 18, 2022

Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) and Nokia announced a global network and edge computing alliance aimed at helping enterprise customers accelerate their digital transformations with industrial-grade reliable and secure LTE and 5G private wireless networking.The partnership builds on a successful private wireless connectivity project that yielded an innovative solution combining Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) application platform with Kyndryl's consulting, design, implementation and managed services. The solution is designed to support the move to Industry 4.0, which is transforming how companies manufacture and distribute their products by interacting with IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and other advances to their environments and operations. The collaboration has already resulted in private LTE and 5G real world deployments and several proof-of-concept (PoC) applications for Dow Inc. to support Industry 4.0-enabled worker safety and collaboration, asset tracking, and other capabilities using a blueprint that it plans to expand and deploy across its sites worldwide. Kyndryl and Nokia share a vision that private wireless networking over both LTE and 5G will enable new levels of operational flexibility and adaptability across a wide range of asset-intensive industries, with manufacturing as a primary market segment. "As enterprises across every industry are seeking new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing are growing so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies, By collaborating with Nokia, we're taking another step forward in helping our customers unlock the power of LTE and 5G through a secure, private environment that helps them deliver tailored enterprise-grade edge solutions that drive new value for their bottom lines and next gen customer experiences." -Paul Savill, global practice leader of Network and Edge computing for Kyndryl. By collaborating to provide solutions over LTE and 5G standards, Kyndryl and Nokia are addressing the marketplace opportunities that already utilize the strong industrial ecosystem available now with LTE, while paving the way for significant 5G enhancements in future 3GPP releases, with existing Nokia DAC 5G stand alone-ready private wireless solutions. "By combining Kyndryl's world-class services expertise and global reach with Nokia's mission-critical, industry leading private wireless and industrial edge computing solutions, we will enable even more organizations to transform their operations, accelerate their digitalization journey and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0." -Chris Johnson, head of the Global Enterprise Business at Nokia Nokia DAC is a digitization service platform featuring high-performance, industrial-grade private wireless connectivity and edge computing, strengthening the company's global footprint, industry expertise and end-to-end customer solutions – from ideation to implementation and management. Kyndryl and Nokia also plan to explore and develop new, integrated solutions and services for Edge Cloud, IP networking, Optics, Fixed Access, 4G and 5G Core and Network Operations software technologies that can address growing demand for mission-critical, industrial-grade wireless networking to capitalize on the transformational benefits of digitization and automation. Asset-intensive industries are adopting smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning to improve agility, productivity and efficiency. In particular, private wireless connectivity is a key enabler to adding new data sources and analytics layers, for real-time process management and to facilitate automation, robotics, AI, augmented and virtual reality use cases. About Nokia Private Wireless With more than 420 large enterprise private wireless customers, Nokia was recently named private wireless market leader by analyst firm GlobalData. Nokia's customers span manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, energy and utilities, transportation and smart cities, enabling them to take advantage of hyper-fast data transfer speeds, low latency, data insights and encryption that protects sensitive information. About Nokia At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world. About Kyndryl Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. 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Lanner Joins MEF to Speed Up Edge Network Transition for SD-WAN, O-RAN, MEC, and SASE

Lanner Electronics | April 07, 2021

Lanner Electronics, the global leader in Whitebox SolutionsTM for Network Communications, Security, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced its membership in MEF, the world's leading industry forum of network, cloud, and technology providers, to promote the development of Whitebox SolutionsTM for SD-WAN, Open RAN, MEC, and SASE. Lanner plans to provide a wide range of MEF 3.0-certified network appliances that resolve the industry's issues of network disaggregation and ensure smooth interoperation for next-generation 5G communications by working together with over 200 leading global organizations. The trend of network disaggregation has fueled the digital transition of service providers, beginning with uCPE, SD-WAN, and expanding to MEC and O-RAN. Lanner uCPE Systems have been introduced in businesses, supermarket chains, and distributed branches for over 200,000 devices since 2018. Lanner is the leading hardware solution provider behind major SD-WAN services, providing pre-validated and pre-integrated white box appliances to ease the difficulties in rolling out virtualization services in a multi-vendor orchestration and VNF environment, with several active installation cases in diversified client environments. MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework represents the most advanced criteria for identifying, delivering and certifying assured digital services that are orchestrated through a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF's SD-WAN and emerging SASE service requirements and APIs provide an application-centric, policy-driven, high-performance Overlay Digital Service that facilitates a completely orchestrated fabric for service providers delivering modern, revenue-generating digital services to enterprises. About Lanner Electronics Lanner Electronics Inc (TAIEX 6245) is a world-leading provider of advanced and customizable SDN and NFV network computing appliances for device integrators, service providers, and application developers. Lanner offers a wide variety of network appliances, including SD-WAN and SD-Security vCPE gateways, as well as NEBS-compliant, NFVi-ready platforms with multiple processors, network I/O blades, and high connectivity capabilities. About MEF MEF, a 200-member industry organization, is leading the establishment of a global federation of network, cloud, and technology providers that support dynamic, assured, and certified network services that power enterprise digital transformation. MEF 3.0 solutions are intended to offer a cloud-centric, on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

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SD-WAN – A new paradigm for the 5G era

Data Center Knowledge | May 31, 2019

After years of hype and market talk, 5G looks set to arrive on Singapore’s shores within the next year or so. Just a few months ago, engineers in Singapore and Australia successfully conducted the first-ever augmented reality video call between the two countries. This is a significant milestone in Singapore’s journey to becoming a 5G ecosystem. Apart from industry commitments set at the recent Mobile World Congress, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran has also re-affirmed 2020 as the expected rollout date for nationwide 5G coverage here in Singapore. While 5G brings with it the immense possibilities of Industry 4.0, self-driving cars, smart cities and the like, it also brings with it significant stresses on the digital infrastructure powering all these applications. How can organisations and infrastructure providers best prepare themselves for the expected onslaught of millions, and even billions, of connected devices and smart ‘things’? Traditional wide-area network (WAN) configurations are simply unable to afford the agility and flexibility that should accompany a 5G ecosystem. Furthermore, 5G will have to support a larger range of applications as compared to 4G due to the proliferation of 5G-enabled robotics, IoT and connected devices.

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Kyndryl and Nokia Announce Global Network and Edge Computing Alliance

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Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) and Nokia announced a global network and edge computing alliance aimed at helping enterprise customers accelerate their digital transformations with industrial-grade reliable and secure LTE and 5G private wireless networking.The partnership builds on a successful private wireless connectivity project that yielded an innovative solution combining Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) application platform with Kyndryl's consulting, design, implementation and managed services. The solution is designed to support the move to Industry 4.0, which is transforming how companies manufacture and distribute their products by interacting with IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and other advances to their environments and operations. The collaboration has already resulted in private LTE and 5G real world deployments and several proof-of-concept (PoC) applications for Dow Inc. to support Industry 4.0-enabled worker safety and collaboration, asset tracking, and other capabilities using a blueprint that it plans to expand and deploy across its sites worldwide. Kyndryl and Nokia share a vision that private wireless networking over both LTE and 5G will enable new levels of operational flexibility and adaptability across a wide range of asset-intensive industries, with manufacturing as a primary market segment. "As enterprises across every industry are seeking new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing are growing so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies, By collaborating with Nokia, we're taking another step forward in helping our customers unlock the power of LTE and 5G through a secure, private environment that helps them deliver tailored enterprise-grade edge solutions that drive new value for their bottom lines and next gen customer experiences." -Paul Savill, global practice leader of Network and Edge computing for Kyndryl. By collaborating to provide solutions over LTE and 5G standards, Kyndryl and Nokia are addressing the marketplace opportunities that already utilize the strong industrial ecosystem available now with LTE, while paving the way for significant 5G enhancements in future 3GPP releases, with existing Nokia DAC 5G stand alone-ready private wireless solutions. "By combining Kyndryl's world-class services expertise and global reach with Nokia's mission-critical, industry leading private wireless and industrial edge computing solutions, we will enable even more organizations to transform their operations, accelerate their digitalization journey and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0." -Chris Johnson, head of the Global Enterprise Business at Nokia Nokia DAC is a digitization service platform featuring high-performance, industrial-grade private wireless connectivity and edge computing, strengthening the company's global footprint, industry expertise and end-to-end customer solutions – from ideation to implementation and management. 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Kyndryl's nearly 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com.

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Lanner Joins MEF to Speed Up Edge Network Transition for SD-WAN, O-RAN, MEC, and SASE

Lanner Electronics | April 07, 2021

Lanner Electronics, the global leader in Whitebox SolutionsTM for Network Communications, Security, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced its membership in MEF, the world's leading industry forum of network, cloud, and technology providers, to promote the development of Whitebox SolutionsTM for SD-WAN, Open RAN, MEC, and SASE. Lanner plans to provide a wide range of MEF 3.0-certified network appliances that resolve the industry's issues of network disaggregation and ensure smooth interoperation for next-generation 5G communications by working together with over 200 leading global organizations. The trend of network disaggregation has fueled the digital transition of service providers, beginning with uCPE, SD-WAN, and expanding to MEC and O-RAN. Lanner uCPE Systems have been introduced in businesses, supermarket chains, and distributed branches for over 200,000 devices since 2018. Lanner is the leading hardware solution provider behind major SD-WAN services, providing pre-validated and pre-integrated white box appliances to ease the difficulties in rolling out virtualization services in a multi-vendor orchestration and VNF environment, with several active installation cases in diversified client environments. MEF 3.0 Global Services Framework represents the most advanced criteria for identifying, delivering and certifying assured digital services that are orchestrated through a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF's SD-WAN and emerging SASE service requirements and APIs provide an application-centric, policy-driven, high-performance Overlay Digital Service that facilitates a completely orchestrated fabric for service providers delivering modern, revenue-generating digital services to enterprises. About Lanner Electronics Lanner Electronics Inc (TAIEX 6245) is a world-leading provider of advanced and customizable SDN and NFV network computing appliances for device integrators, service providers, and application developers. Lanner offers a wide variety of network appliances, including SD-WAN and SD-Security vCPE gateways, as well as NEBS-compliant, NFVi-ready platforms with multiple processors, network I/O blades, and high connectivity capabilities. About MEF MEF, a 200-member industry organization, is leading the establishment of a global federation of network, cloud, and technology providers that support dynamic, assured, and certified network services that power enterprise digital transformation. MEF 3.0 solutions are intended to offer a cloud-centric, on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

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SD-WAN – A new paradigm for the 5G era

Data Center Knowledge | May 31, 2019

After years of hype and market talk, 5G looks set to arrive on Singapore’s shores within the next year or so. Just a few months ago, engineers in Singapore and Australia successfully conducted the first-ever augmented reality video call between the two countries. This is a significant milestone in Singapore’s journey to becoming a 5G ecosystem. Apart from industry commitments set at the recent Mobile World Congress, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran has also re-affirmed 2020 as the expected rollout date for nationwide 5G coverage here in Singapore. While 5G brings with it the immense possibilities of Industry 4.0, self-driving cars, smart cities and the like, it also brings with it significant stresses on the digital infrastructure powering all these applications. How can organisations and infrastructure providers best prepare themselves for the expected onslaught of millions, and even billions, of connected devices and smart ‘things’? Traditional wide-area network (WAN) configurations are simply unable to afford the agility and flexibility that should accompany a 5G ecosystem. Furthermore, 5G will have to support a larger range of applications as compared to 4G due to the proliferation of 5G-enabled robotics, IoT and connected devices.

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