Partnerships Are Key for Rural Telecom Operators in Burgeoning Edge Computing Market

By Jeff Johnston

October 4, 2022

Key Points

  • Edge computing is distributed information technology architecture where data is stored and/or processed at locations close to where the applications are being used.
  • Edge computing has been on the come for several years, but the growth in machine learning and AI technologies are enabling new applications that depend on edge computing.
  • The global edge computing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 37.3% between 2022 and 2031, according to Transparency Market Research.
  • The advantage of edge computing is two-fold: cost and latency. New applications need ultra-low latency network performance to operate properly, and it might be cheaper to store and process data in a more decentralized fashion versus in the cloud.
  • For rural telecom operators, edge computing offers some new business opportunities. But partnerships will be key – a “build it and they will come” approach is probably not the right strategy.

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