The lowdown: What is mobile private network and edge cloud?
In short, mobile private network delivers a ‘my network’ experience to individual customers. This can, for example, be done by self-configuration of network resources to prioritize traffic types. In several cases this provide business critical connectivity as the devices must be on-line in order for the enterprises to maintain their production. Edge cloud moves cloud services closer to users and devices. This means that services run within national borders and are further distributed to regional and on-premise systems for a given enterprise. In effect, this resolves privacy issues, as data is not visible outside the defined area. It also supports lower response times and higher efficiency, as the execution and data can be stored locally.
Mobile private network and edge cloud may be provided separately or in combination. Hence, several new service cases can be delivered. For consumers, this means short response times, with one example being services for mixed reality and gaming. For enterprises, benefits include automating processes, remote operation/assistance and safety improvements. In addition, edge cloud brings in the option to shift software and data onto cloud in instances where it has previously not been possible due to privacy or security concerns. Edge cloud can bring the wider ecosystem of solutions directly where you need it.
The potential: How Telenor works with mobile private network and edge cloud
Telenor engages with key customers and partners to demonstrate and validate the value of mobile private network and edge cloud. This applies a ‘nail and scale’ approach where we have run essential market pilots that lead to commercial solutions. The approach goes through several development steps, also looking at connectivity, applications, devices, security, operation and ways of working, including transformation towards Industry 4.0. The digitalisation journey triggers the need for upgrading systems and processes where connecting more devices and local cloud service can be key. The solutions need to be both flexible and secure, as well as future-ready, to grow as business needs evolve.
In parallel to market pilots, we have delivered several commercial solutions to enterprises in our markets. These have demonstrated the value for customers through improved efficiency, increased safety and automating compliance processes. Commonly, several partners are involved ranging from device manufacturers to application developers and system integrators.
The expert angle: Our views on the mobile private network and edge cloud future
Terje Jensen, SVP, Head of Global Network Architecture and 5G Program Director at Telenor Group
"Mobile private network and edge cloud build on the proven success of connectivity and cloud services, while enabling them to become even more local, fast and secure. Hence, it becomes an attractive component for several market segments being part of the improvements for industry sectors, public services and consumers. As these services are gradually maturing it is essential to work with different partners to demonstrate and develop the opportunities. In that respect, a different approach is required, one that ensures that the solutions are responding both to short-term demands and to longer-term needs.”