Multi-access edge computing (MEC), the name for edge computing’s standard, could potentially aid in the development of many new types of services — but collaboration between edge computing vendors will be critical to create a seamless user experience.
To foster collaboration, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) created an Industry Specifications Group (ISG) for MEC to formulate industry standards (learn more about MEC standards here). In 2017, ETSI started collaboration with the OpenFog Consortium to develop fog-enabled edge applications and technology. Other companies also began cross-industry collaboration and established a virtual MEC Ecosystem Collaborative Circle at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017.
WhatsApp is one example of an OTT service that uses mobile operators’ networks and runs on a platform made by IT platform vendors.
Edge Computing Stakeholders: Who They Are and What Services They Provide
Mobile Operators: Also known as mobile carriers like Verizon or AT&T. Edge computing functions take place on the network edge, which may be located in cell phone towers and base stations. These network providers offer the source for the network edge that brings services closer to the user.
Over the Top (OTT) Players: Providers whose service goes over the internet and can be used regardless of what network provider the user has. While there is some friction as OTT services pull users away from services provided by network operators (commonly voice and messaging services), there is potential for partnering and cooperation for the best possible user experience.
Independent Software Vendors (ISV): These vendors distribute software. ISVs will work closely with OTT players, mobile operators, and application developers to optimize edge computing capabilities.
Telecom Equipment Vendors: The manufacturers of network infrastructure, such as Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson.
IT Platform Vendors: These vendors create the platforms apps run on. Major players include, Amazon Web Services, Sales Force, and Microsoft Azure.
System Integrators: These companies ensure that all components work together, such as hardware, software, and networking solutions.
Technology Providers: These companies comprise a spectrum of specialized services for a number of enterprises in fields like marketing, healthcare, and finance.
Updated March 2019