Network operators know that their current method of designing and deploying networks will not hold up to near-term demands, let alone future demands. There are multiple waves of change sweeping the network. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the pressures that it has placed on the network, has brought into focus the fact that the world has moved beyond simply connecting people to one in which “always-on” access to digital services is seen as a basic need.
Heavy Reading’s survey results show that SPs believe that edge computing will be a key tool to deliver on the demands of the network now and in the future. Many concerns remain, however. Security definitively heads the list, making enhanced security features and functionality a key differentiator in carrier buying decisions.