Dave Bolan

Dave Bolan

Research Director

Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) has been a buzzword since 2014. Finally, in 2019, we saw the beginning of deployments of this technology. The scope of the Dell’Oro Group report is to reveal the market opportunity for the Infrastructure Edge, which works in conjunction with the central core. Data that is sent upstream from the Radio Access Network (RAN) can go one of two ways, to the central core or the Infrastructure Edge, which has been moved closer to the RAN to reduce latency.

The MEC market is segmented into Public MEC (access for the public at large on a service provider network) and Private MEC (RAN and MEC System on-premises at an enterprise). We highlight market drivers and uses cases that are driving the Infrastructure Edge Market for MEC Systems and the industry specifications shaping the MEC market

Deploying a MEC System is not a trivial deployment and it must be seamlessly integrated into the network, for example, 5G wireless network. As with any new technology, a robust ecosystem of diverse vendors are competing to meet the implementation requirements of a MEC system. The report reviews the MEC System architecture and the range of vendors that are addressing the opportunity.

To estimate the number of MEC Systems required for low latency requirements, we use our proprietary MEC System Deployment Model. We estimate the market for MEC Systems based on multiple latency choices and population coverage percentages. The model categorizes the coverage required for every county in the US (over 3,100) by state, Major Trading Area and Basic Trading Area. Our model enables us to extrapolate the total available market for MEC Systems worldwide.

Our report concludes with a 5-year forecast for the primary components of a MEC System, including servers (revenue and units) for NFVI (Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure) and Packet Core User Plane Function (revenue and licenses) by Public MEC and Private MEC.

To summarize, the Dell’Oro Group MEC Market Advanced Research Report includes:

  • Definition and Scope
  • Market Drivers
  • Use Cases
  • System Architecture
  • Vendor Ecosystem
  • US Deployment Model
  • Industry specification status
  • 5-year forecast

Our MEC report is the culmination of quantitative and qualitative information about the market based on:

  • Interviews of over a dozen telco equipment, server, and chip/component vendors, service providers, and end users.
  • MEC forecast based on Dell’Oro Group research in these areas: Servers, Mobile Core Network, Mobile Backhaul, Mobile RAN, and IoT.

As with the market’s transition to Cloud computing, in which certain vendors and system vendors came out ahead, the emergence of edge computing provides various growth opportunities. MEC has the potential to become a multi-billion dollar industry. MEC has a key strategic focus for chip and system vendors, and service providers alike.

With this report, you will be able to answer critical business questions, including:

  • What are the business and technology growth drivers for MEC?
  • What are the emerging customer segments/deployment models and the outlook?
  • Who are the major vendors, and which vendors could benefit?
  • What are the MEC product classifications and adjacent products?
  • What are technology enablers necessary for adoption?

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