Survey Report: 5G Edge Cloud Infrastructure

For vRAN, Industrial, and Automotive Applications


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This report is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how and when service providers will deploy their 5G edge clouds, as well as the downstream appetite and impact of 5G services in the automotive and industrial markets. Heavy Reading surveyed communications service providers plus representatives from the automotive and industrial sectors to better understand how these three communities are thinking about the 5G edge cloud. This report includes results of that survey, plus detailed analysis.

Topics addressed include:

  • Which edge cloud applications are most commercially attractive
  • Preferences for edge cloud infrastructure software (proprietary vs. virtualized vs. cloud native)
  • Operator expectations for progress on virtual RAN
  • Virtual 5G baseband and associated performance implications
  • The need for a private 5G network for an industrial setting