Wireless Network Optimization: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market Outlook, Forecasts, and the Path to 5G Enabled Apps and Services

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Mobile Edge Computing is Poised to Make Content Delivery Networks Up to 40% More Efficient for Cellular Communications Service Providers. Cost Savings Will Be Shared Between CSPs and CDN Providers With the Latter Improving Margins by Up To 25%

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Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) represents cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the mobile network. The edge of the network includes base station infrastructure and data centers close to the radio network, which can extract network context from Radio Access Network (RAN) and process in a distributed manner. MEC is poised to make Content Delivery Networks (CDN) up to 40% more efficient for cellular communications service providers. Cost savings will be shared between CSPs and CDN providers with the latter improving margins by up to 25%.

Mobile Edge Computing is poised to make Content Delivery Networks up to 40% more efficient for cellular communications service providers

Cost savings will be shared between CSPs and CDN providers with the latter improving margins by up to 25%

Next generation applications, content, and commerce offerings are driving the need for flexible and cost effective CDN solutions, which core services such as aggregation, management, and distribution of content as well as a variety of value-added functionality. The market need for CDN solutions correlates directly with the explosion of broadband networks, smart mobile phones, and related applications, services and content. In particular, the convergence of cellular networks supported by 4G/LTE broadband wireless, and Cloud-based applications, facilitates the need for more intelligent content solutions. Vendors to continue to optimize LTE capabilities such as improved uplink capacity to support video and wireless communication to cloud-based applications. LTE adoption will continue at a fast pace with many innovations overlapping with 5G operations.

This research evaluates MEC technology, architecture and building blocks, ecosystem, market drivers, applications, solutions, and deployment challenges. This research also evaluates the current state of the market for content, CDN providers, and solutions. This report evaluates the CDN marketplace, provides forecasting for CDN growth and growth drivers, and a SWOT analysis for major vendors. This report also evaluates the evolution of wireless networks towards 5G including architecture, network strategy, and planning. The report evaluates R&D efforts from major infrastructure providers including the so called fractional versions of 4G such as 4.5G, 4.5G Pro, and 4.9G.

Target Audience:

  • Wireless service providers
  • Wireless device manufacturers
  • Wireless infrastructure suppliers
  • Big Data and analytics companies
  • Internet of Things (IoT) companies
  • Digital content and application providers
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) companies
  • Enterprise organizations across all industry verticals
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Mobile Edge Computing (MEC): Market Assessment and Forecasts 2017 - 2021

1 Executive Summary

2 Introduction
2.1 Understanding Mobile Edge Computing
2.1.1 Edge Computing
2.1.2 Edge Computing vs. Cluster Computing
2.1.3 Mobile Edge Computing
2.2 Important Characteristics of MEC
2.2.1 Processing at the Edge
2.2.2 Low Latency
2.2.3 Context Based
2.2.4 Location and Analytics
2.3 MEC Benefits
2.3.1 Business Benefits
2.3.2 Technical Benefits
2.3.3 Mobile Network Operator Benefits

3 MEC Technology, Platforms, and Architecture
3.1 MEC Platform Architecture Building Blocks
3.1.1 MEC Infrastructure
3.1.2 MEC Application Platforms
3.1.3 MEC Management Framework
3.2 MEC Value Chain for Edge Cloud Computing
3.3 MEC Technology Building Blocks
3.3.1 Radio Network Information Service
3.3.2 Traffic Offload Function
3.3.3 MEC Interfaces
3.3.4 Configuration Management
3.3.5 Application Lifecycle Management
3.3.6 VM Operations and Management
3.3.7 Hardware Virtualization and Infrastructure Management
3.3.8 Core Network Elements
3.3.9 Open Standards
3.4 MEC Technology Enablers
3.4.1 Mobile Computing to Mobile Cloud Computing
3.4.2 Cloudlet based Mobile Cloud Computing
3.4.3 Cloudlet to Cloud
3.4.4 PacketCloud Open Platform for Cloudlets
3.4.5 Enterprise Cloud Architecture
3.4.6 Akamai Cloudlet Solution
3.4.7 OPENi Cloudlet Storage Framework
3.5 MEC Deployment

4 MEC Market Drivers and Opportunities
4.1 Limitations of Cloud Convergence
4.2 IT and Telecom Network Convergence
4.3 Base Station Evolution
4.4 Cell Aggregation
4.5 Virtualization in the Cloud
4.6 Continually Improving Server Capacity
4.7 Data Center to Network Interactions
4.8 Open and Flexible App and Service Ecosystem
4.9 Fifth Generation (5G) Wireless
4.10 Edge Cloud and Data Transferability
4.11 Proximate Cloud Computing
4.12 Increasingly Faster Content Delivery
4.13 Advantages of MEC Small Cell Deployment
4.14 Overall Mobile Data Demand
4.15 Low Latency Applications
4.16 Integration of MEC with Cloud RAN
4.17 MEC Enhances Real-time Data and Analytics
4.17.1 Why Data at the Edge?
4.17.2 Convergence of Distributed Cloud and Big Data

5 MEC Ecosystem
5.1 Network Ecosystem
5.2 MEC Ecosystem Players
5.2.1 Software and ASPs
5.2.2 OTT Service and Content Providers
5.2.3 Network Infrastructure and Equipment Providers
5.2.4 Mobile Network Operators

6 MEC Application and Service Strategies
6.1 Optimizing the Mobile Cloud
6.1.1 Mobile Network Operator Strategies
6.1.2 Service Strategies and End-user Demand
6.2 Context Aware Services
6.2.1 Commerce
6.2.2 Education
6.2.3 Gaming
6.2.4 Healthcare
6.2.5 Location-based Services
6.2.6 Public Safety
6.2.7 Connected Vehicles
6.2.8 Wearables

7 MEC Market Forecasts 2017 - 2021
7.1 Global Market 2017 - 2021
7.1.1 Combined MEC Market
7.1.2 MEC Market by Segment
7.1.2.1 MEC Cloud Server Market
7.1.2.2 MEC Equipment Market
7.1.2.3 MEC Platform Market
7.1.2.4 MEC Software & API Market
7.1.2.5 MEC Service Market
7.1.3 MEC Enterprise CAPEX & OPEX Spend
7.1.4 MEC Network Migration
7.1.5 MEC Enterprise Adoption
7.2 MEC Regional Market 2017 - 2021
7.2.1 North America Market Forecast
7.2.2 APAC Market Forecasts
7.2.3 Europe Market Forecast
7.3 MEC Network Users 2017 - 2021
7.3.1 Global MEC Network Users
7.3.2 MEC Network User by Supporting Network
7.3.3 Regional MEC Network Users
7.3.3.1 North America Users
7.3.3.2 APAC Users
7.3.3.3 Europe Users

8 Conclusions and Recommendations

List of Figures
Figure 1: MEC Value Chain for Edge Cloud Computing
Figure 2: Extreme Outdoor Server
Figure 3: Cloudlet based PacketCloud Framework
Figure 4: MEC and C-RAN Architecture
Figure 5: Mobile Edge Computing Network
Figure 6: MEC Network and Application Clients
Figure 7: MEC enables Many Cloud-based Apps
Figure 8: Combined MEC Market Size 2017 - 2021
Figure 9: MEC Network Migration Ratio 2017 - 2021
Figure 10: MEC Enterprise Adoption Ratio 2017 - 2021
Figure 11: Global MEC Network User 2017 - 2021

List of Tables
Table 1: MEC Market Size by Market Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 2: MEC Cloud Server Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 3: MEC Equipment Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 4: MEC Platform Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 5: MEC Software & API Market in Vertical Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 6: MEC Service Market by Type 2017 - 2021
Table 7: MEC Optimization CAPEX and OPEX Spend by Enterprise
Table 8: MEC Market by Region 2017 - 2021
Table 9: North America MEC Market by Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 10: North America MEC Cloud Server Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 11: North America MEC Equipment Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 12: North America MEC Platform Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 13: North America MEC Software & API Market in Vertical Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 14: North America MEC Service Market by Type 2017 - 2021
Table 15: North America MEC Market by Country 2017 - 2021
Table 16: APAC MEC Market by Market Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 17: APAC MEC Cloud Server Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 18: APAC MEC Equipment Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 19: APAC MEC Platform Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 20: APAC MEC Software & API Market in Vertical Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 21: APAC MEC Service Market by Type 2017 - 2021
Table 22: APAC MEC Market by Country 2017 - 2021
Table 23: Europe MEC Market by Market Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 24: Europe MEC Cloud Server Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 25: Europe MEC Equipment Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 26: Europe MEC Platform Market by Category 2017 - 2021
Table 27: Europe MEC Software & API Market in Vertical Segment 2017 - 2021
Table 28: Europe MEC Service Market by Type 2017 - 2021
Table 29: Europe MEC Market by Country 2017 - 2021
Table 30: MEC User by Supporting Network 2017 - 2021
Table 31: MEC Network User by Region 2017 - 2021
Table 32: North America MEC User by Supporting Network 2017 - 2021
Table 33: APAC MEC User by Supporting Network 2017 - 2021
Table 34: Europe MEC User by Supporting Network 2017 - 2021

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Content Delivery Networks (CDN) Analysis of Key Vendors, State of the Market, and Outlook 2017 - 2021

1 Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Key Questions Answered
1.4 Target Audience
1.5 Companies Mentioned

2 Content Delivery Networks
2.1 Overview and Common Technology Employed
2.2 CDN Technology and Functionality
2.2.1 Domain Name System (DNS)
2.2.2 Accessing Content
2.2.3 Apache Traffic Server
2.2.4 Cache Expiration
2.2.5 Content Service Protocols
2.2.6 CDN Architecture
2.2.7 Server Types
2.2.8 CDN Network Components
2.3 CDN Benefits
2.3.1 CDN Service Offerings
2.3.2 Companies Purchasing CDN Services
2.3.3 Content Rating
2.3.4 CDN is not for Content Alone
2.4 CDN Ecosystem
2.4.1 Revenue Models and Pricing
2.4.2 Carrier Role

3 CDN Applications
3.1 Current Applications
3.1.1 Video Delivery Networks
3.1.2 Application Delivery Networks
3.1.3 Future Applications
3.1.4 Mobile CDN
3.2 Federated CDN
3.3 CDN in the Cloud

4 Key Vendor Analysis
4.1 Akamai
4.1.1 Strengths
4.1.2 Weaknesses
4.1.3 Opportunities
4.1.4 Threats
4.2 Amazon CloudFront
4.2.1 Strengths
4.2.2 Weaknesses
4.2.3 Opportunities
4.2.4 Threats
4.3 EdgeCast
4.3.1 Strengths
4.3.2 Weaknesses
4.3.3 Opportunities
4.3.4 Threats
4.4 MaxCDN
4.4.1 Strengths
4.4.2 Weaknesses
4.4.3 Opportunities
4.4.4 Threats
4.5 China Netcenter
4.5.1 Strengths
4.5.2 Weakness
4.5.3 Opportunities
4.5.4 Threats
4.6 CloudFlare
4.6.1 Strengths
4.6.2 Weakness
4.6.3 Opportunities
4.6.4 Threats
4.7 Fastly CDN
4.7.1 Strengths
4.7.2 Weaknesses
4.7.3 Opportunities
4.7.4 Threats
4.8 CDNetworks
4.8.1 Strengths
4.8.2 Weakness
4.8.3 Opportunities
4.8.4 Threats
4.9 China Cache
4.9.1 Strengths
4.9.2 Weakness
4.9.3 Opportunities
4.9.4 Threats
4.10 Level 3 Communications Inc.
4.10.1 Strengths
4.10.2 Weakness
4.10.3 Opportunities
4.10.4 Threats

5 Revenue Expectations for CDN Providers

6 Threats to CDNs Providers: Google and Amazon

7 Overall Analysis and Top Ten Comparative Analysis

8 CDN Market Outlook and Forecasts
8.1 CDN Service Revenues 2017 - 2021
8.2 Global CDN Internet Traffic 2017 - 2021
8.3 CDN Service Revenue by Region
8.4 CDN Video Service Revenue by Region
8.5 CDN Other Service Revenue by Region
8.6 CDN Service Revenue by Category
8.7 Global Internet Traffic CDN Oriented
8.8 Global Internet Traffic Categories
8.1 CDNs and Datacenter Storage
8.1 CDNs and Software Defined Security

9 Trends and Future Outlook for CDN Marketplace

List of Figures
Figure 1: CDN Delivers Many Content Types to Many Device Types
Figure 2: Content Distribution Schemes
Figure 3: CDN Distributed Servers
Figure 4: CDN Procedures to Retrieve Data.
Figure 5: CDN Equipment Configuration
Figure 6: Video Suggestions
Figure 7: CDN Revenues 2017 - 2021
Figure 8: Global CDN Internet Traffic
Figure 9: CDN Overall Service Revenue by Region 2014 - 2019
Figure 10: CDN Video Service Revenue by Region 2014 - 2019
Figure 11: CDN Non-video Service Revenue by Region 2014 - 2019
Figure 12: CDN Video Service Revenue by Category 2014 - 2019
Figure 13: Global Data Center Storage Market by Network Technology 2017 - 2021
Figure 14: Data Center Storage Market by Types of Traditional Storage 2017 - 2021
Figure 15: Global Data Center Storage Market: DAS vs. SDS 2017 - 2021
Figure 16: Global Data Center Storage: Cloud vs. Carrier vs. Enterprise 2017 - 2021
Figure 17: Global Cloud Storage: Personal vs. Public Cloud 2017 - 2021
Figure 18: Data Center Storage by Region 2017 - 2021
Figure 19: Global Data Center Storage Market by Industry Vertical 2017 - 2021
Figure 20: Data Center Storage Service Market and Vertical Impact 2017 vs. 2021
Figure 21: Global Storage System Shipment Projections 2017 vs. 2021
Figure 22: Enterprise Storage Migration 2017 vs. 2021
Figure 23: SDS Market by Verticals 2017 - 2021
Figure 24: SDS Solution by Region 2017 - 2021
Figure 25: SDS Market by Solution Type 2017 - 2021

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Roadmap to 5G: Evolution of 4G, 5G Architecture, Network Strategy and Planning

1 Introduction
1.1 5G Technologies
1.2 Mobile Spectrum Evolution
1.2.1 1G - 2G - 3G - 4G
1.2.2 4G - 4.5G - 4.5G Pro - 4.9G - 5G
1.3 5G Spectrum Options and Utilization via Low Bands, Mid Bands, and High Bands
1.4 5G Ecosystem Architecture and Planning
1.5 5G Ecosystem Planning: Societal vs. Technology Considerations

2 5G Technology: Network Planning, Implementation, and Applications
2.1 5G Network Planning and Strategic Consideration
2.1.1 LTE Foundation, Device Ecosystem, LAA, and 5G Readiness
2.1.2 Spectrum Sharing and Utilization
2.1.3 Narrowband 5G for Massive IoT
2.1.4 Multi Connectivity Architecture with Small Cell Deployment
2.1.5 Relevance of Mobile IoT Technology: NB-IoT and eMTC
2.1.6 OSS/BSS Architecture for 5G Service Operation
2.1.7 Multi-Antenna and Beamforming Impact
2.1.8 End to End Network Slicing with NFV and SDN
2.1.9 LTE Continuation in 5G Era
2.1.10 Service Design, ROI and 5G Network
2.2 5G Technology Requirement and Network Impact
2.2.1 Network Coverage and Efficiency
2.2.2 Network Spectrum Efficiency
2.2.3 Data Throughput
2.2.4 Connection Density
2.2.5 UR-LLC (Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication)
2.2.6 Network Energy Usage
2.2.7 Improved Battery Life
2.2.8 Improved Flexibility in Air Interface and Versatility
2.2.9 Massive MIMO
2.2.10 mmWave Technology
2.2.11 Integration of Access and Backhaul
2.2.12 D2D Communication
2.2.13 Flexible Duplex: FDD and TDD
2.2.14 Multi-Antenna Transmission Scenario
2.2.15 Decoupling User Data from Control System
2.3 5G Technology and Network Architecture
2.3.1 Massive MIMO and Beamforming
2.3.2 Cloud RAN
2.3.3 Broadband Spectrum and Satellite
2.3.4 5G New Radio (NR)
2.3.5 Software Defined Air Interface
2.3.6 Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
2.3.7 Self Organizing Network (SON) and Self Healing Network (SHN)
2.3.8 HetNet and H-CRAN
2.3.9 Large-Scale Cooperative Spatial Signal Processing (LS-CSSP)
2.3.10 Software Defined Radio (SDR)
2.3.11 Visible Light Communications (VLCs)
2.3.12 Cross Layer Controller
2.3.13 Cognitive Radios (CRs) and Transmission Technologies
2.3.14 Scalable OFDM and Subcarrier Spacing
2.4 5G Network Implementation
2.4.1 Base Stations
2.4.2 Small Cells
2.4.3 Macro Cells
2.4.4 Baseband Units and RF Units
2.4.5 Mobile Core
2.4.6 Remote Radio Heads
2.4.7 Front-haul and Backhaul Networks
2.5 Strategic Relevance of 4.5G, 4.5G Pro, and 4.9G
2.5.1 Mobile IoT and M2M Communication
2.5.2 Broadcast Services and Immersive Entertainment
2.5.3 Vehicular Communication
2.5.4 Public Safety Network
2.5.5 Smart City Applications
2.5.6 Private Enterprise Network

3 5G Initiatives, R&D, and Field Trials
3.1 5G Strategic Initiatives in Region
3.1.1 Asia
3.1.1.1 China
3.1.1.1.1 IMT-2020 Promotion Group
3.1.1.1.2 China National Key Project on 5G
3.1.1.2 South Korea
3.1.1.3 Japan
3.1.2 Europe
3.1.2.1 European Union Framework Project 7 (FP7)
3.1.2.2 European Union Framework Project 8 (FP8)/Horizon 2020
3.1.2.3 Celtic Plus
3.1.2.4 EIT and Other projects
3.1.3 America
3.2 5G Standardization Initiative and Development
3.2.1 3GPP
3.2.2 5G Americas
3.2.3 ATIS
3.2.4 GSMA
3.2.5 IEEE
3.2.6 ITU
3.2.7 NGMN
3.2.8 TIA
3.2.9 FCC TAC
3.3 5G Trial by Mobile Operators
3.4 5G Spectrum Aspects
3.4.1 WRC - 15 & 19
3.4.2 FCC
3.4.3 5G Americas
3.4.4 CITEL
3.4.5 ITU
3.4.6 GSMA
3.4.7 GSA

4 Conclusions and Recommendations

5 Appendix: Supporting Technologies

List of Figures
Figure 1: 5G Network Features and Underlying Benefits
Figure 2: 4G Spectrum Evolution: 1G - 2G - 3G - 4G
Figure 3: 5G Spectrum Evolution: 4G - 4.5G - 4.5G Pro - 4.9G - 5G
Figure 4: 5G Ecosystem Architecture Components
Figure 5: LTE Foundation Architecture: LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro
Figure 6: Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) Uplink Cell Range in Small Cells
Figure 7: Architecture of Shared Spectrum
Figure 8: Spectrum Sharing Prototype on LTE-U/LAA, LWA, CBRS/LSA and MultiFire
Figure 9: Narrowband 5G Path and Standard Release for Massive IoT
Figure 10: Multi-Connectivity Structure deployed over Small Cell and Macro
Figure 11: Next Generation OSS/BSS Architecture
Figure 12: Massive Element Antenna in Combination of Phantom Cell and Massive MIMO
Figure 13: Multiple Antenna and Beamforming Impact
Figure 14: Bandwidth and Latency Requirements for 5G Use Cases
Figure 15: WRC 15 and WRC 19 Spectrum Issues in 5G Network
Figure 16: IMT 2020 Requirements for URLLC
Figure 17: Flexible Unified Radio Interface for TTI, Integrated Sub-frame, and Dynamic Uplink and Downlink
Figure 18: Massive MIMO Concept
Figure 19: Massive MIMO: LTE Network to 5G NR Rel. 15
Figure 20: High Spectrum Band at Massive MIMO
Figure 21: Cloud RAN Architecture
Figure 22: Role of Satellite in 5G Communication System
Figure 23: 5G New Radio (NR) Release Timeline
Figure 24: Technology Requirements of 5G NR Standards
Figure 25: Enabling Technology of 5G NR
Figure 26: Mobile Broadband Performance Target in 5G NR
Figure 27: Virtual Cell and UE Centric Mobility in 5G NR
Figure 28: Self-Contained Sub-Frame Design Structure
Figure 29: NFV in H-RAN Solution
Figure 30: Self-Organizing Networks (SONs) in H-RAN
Figure 31: H-RAN Application in 5G Systems
Figure 32: Centralized LS-CSSP Structure
Figure 33: Hybrid Architecture of SDN and SDR in 5G Network
Figure 34: Windowed OFDM Structure
Figure 35: Subcarrier Spacing Bandwidth Structure using FDD & TDD
Figure 36: Mobile IoT Technology and Equipment Categories over 4G and 4.5G
Figure 37: SDL Carrier over LTE Broadcast Service
Figure 38: Multi-Carrier Deployment with LTE Broadcast Carrier
Figure 39: Public Safety Scenario over LTE Network
Figure 40: IMT-2020 Timeline and Process
Figure 41: Requirements of IMT-2020
Figure 42: 3GPP SMARTER Service Dimensions
Figure 43: 3GPP Planned Release Timeline and Technical Specification
Figure 44: IMT-2020 Standardization Timeline
Figure 45: NGMN 5G Initiative Timeline

List of Tables
Table 1: Comparison of 5G Spectrum Bands: Low vs. Mid vs. High Bands
Table 2: Components and Functions of OSS & BSS
Table 3: 5G Objectives, Targets, and Technology Efforts
Table 4: European Union FP7 5G Projects
Table 5: 5G-PPP Projects Call-1
Table 6: 5GrEEn and 5GIC Projects in EU
Table 7: 5G Project Initiatives in United States
Table 8: Mobile Operators Conducting 5G Trials

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  • Amazon CloudFront
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  • China Netcenter
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