Report Overview

Juniper Research’s Edge Computing report provides a comprehensive evaluation of this paradigm‑shifting technology. It considers the origins of the technology, the challenges, key drivers, and future outlook of the edge computing market.
The report considers the impact that the utilisation of edge computing will have within key market segments. These segments include: audio & video streaming, cloud gaming, augmented reality, connected & autonomous vehicles, smart cities, healthcare, manufacturing, energy & utilities, agriculture, retail and supply chain.

In addition, the report outlines the market landscape via an assessment of the leading 15 competitors within the space, supported by an analysis of their competencies, positioning, and future prospects, before a consideration of recommendations is presented. The research suite also contains a detailed dataset; providing forecasts for 60 countries across a number of different metrics up until 2027. This includes the total number of users served by edge locations, total annual operator spend on MEC, number of deployed MEC nodes, annual spend on MEC, annual business spend on fog computing, and the number of businesses that deploy fog computing.

This research suite comprises:

  • Strategy & Forecasts (PDF)
  • 5-year Market Sizing & Forecast Spreadsheet (Excel)
  • 12 months’ access to harvest Online Data Platform
Key Market Statistics
Market size in 2022: $3.4bn
Market size in 2027: $9.4bn
2022 to 2027 CAGR: 22.48%

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Key Features

  • Market Landscape: An in-depth analysis of the key players offering edge computing services and products. The report explores:
    • Strengths and weaknesses of these players’ edge computing business models.
    • Industry experiences and assets that are collectively supporting adoption of their edge computing services and products by different industries, companies, markets and/or regions.
  • Segment Analysis & Future Trends: A strategic analysis of the major drivers, challenges, and innovations shaping the adoption and development of edge computing, including a segment heatmap highlighting future opportunities, including:
    • Technological innovations that are enhancing the value of edge computing.
    • Future strategic direction and market outlook for edge computing.
    • Key issues organisations must address to adopt and advance edge computing.
  • Juniper Research Competitor Leaderboard: Key player capability and capacity assessment for 15 edge computing vendors:
    • Adlink
    • Akamai
    • AlibabaCloud
    • AWS
    • Bosch
    • Cloudflare
    • Eurotech
    • Fastly
    • Google Cloud
    • IBM
    • Interactor
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Nvidia
    • Nymea
    • Siemens
  • Benchmark Industry Forecasts: Our forecasts for size and growth of the market, including:
    • Total Users Served by Edge Locations
    • Total Annual Operator MEC Spend
    • Total Number of Deployed MEC Nodes
    • Total Annual Spend on MEC
    • Total Annual Business Spend on Fog Computing
    • Total Number of Businesses That Deploy Fog Computing
In sizing the markets up to 2027, the data is split by our 8 key regions and by the 60 countries listed below:
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • US
  • Vietnam

Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the current state of edge computing?
  2. What are the main factors impacting the take-up of edge computing?
  3. Who are the major players in edge computing?
  4. What trends in edge computing are expected to emerge/develop in the near future?
  5. What is the future market outlook for edge computing?

Companies Referenced

Included in the Juniper Research Competitor Leaderboard: Adlink, Akamai, Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Bosch, Cloudflare, Eurotech, Fastly, Google Cloud, IBM, Interactor, Microsoft Azure, Nvidia, Nymea, Siemens.
Mentioned: AECC (Automotive Edge Computing Consortium), América Móvil, Ampro Computers, AT&T, Autonomous Vehicles Alliance, BBC, Bentley Systems, Casa Systems, CIA, Cisco Systems, ClearBlade, Codewerk GbmH, Crytek, Dell, Deutsche Telekom, DH Electronics, Disney, Eclipse IoT, Edgegap, EnBW, Etisalat, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), German Edge Cloud, gov.UK, HBO, Holmer, Hulu, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, Intel, Kanto, KT Corp, Lanner Electronics, LG Uplus, Linode, Litmus, Marantec, Meta, National Science Foundation, Netflix, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, OCP (Open Compute Project), OpenFog Consortium, Oracle, Paramount Global, Penta, PICMG (PCI Industrial Computing Manufacturers Group), PrismTech, QT Company, Rackspace, Reddit, Roblox, Rogers, ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee, ROS-Industrial Consortium, SGET (Standardisation Group for Embedded Technologies), Shopify, Slack, SMIGHT, Software AG, Sony, Spotify, Steam, StreamUnlimited, Telsta, Tencent, TotalEnergies, Twitch, Ubuntu, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Homeland Security, Vapor IO, Verizon, VMware, Vodafone, Walmart, Warner Media, Windriver, YAP, YouTube, ZTE.

Data & Interactive Forecast

Juniper Research’s Edge Computing forecast suite includes:
  • 5-year benchmark forecasts for:
    • Total Users Served by Edge Locations
    • Total MEC Edge Computing Nodes
    • Total Annual Operator MEC Edge Node Capital Spend
    • Total Annual Operator MEC Edge Node Operational Spend
    • Total Annual Operator MEC Spend
    • Total Annual Enterprise, Private or Wholesale MEC Capital Spend
    • Total Annual Enterprise, Private or Wholesale MEC Operational Spend
    • Total Annual Enterprise, Private or Wholesale MEC Spend
    • Total Annual Spend on MEC
    • Average Annual Small Business Spend on Fog Computing
    • Average Annual Medium Business Spend on Fog Computing
    • Average Annual Large Business Spend on Fog Computing
    • Total Annual Business Spend on Fog Computing
    • Total Number of Businesses That Deploy Fog Computing
  • Interactive scenario tool allowing users to manipulate Juniper Research’s data over different metrics.
  • Access to the full set of forecast data of 51 tables and more than 23,000 datapoints.

Geographical splits: 60 countries

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Interactive Excels (IFxl): Our IFxl tool enables clients to manipulate both forecast data and charts, within an Excel environment, to test their own assumptions using the Interactive Scenario Tool and compare selected markets side by side in customised charts and tables. IFxls greatly increase a clients’ ability to both understand a particular market and to integrate their own views into the model.

Forecast Summary

Juniper Research expects that the total annual spend by telecommunications operators on MEC will reach $11.6 billion in 2027, up from $5.4 billion in 2022; a CAGR of 16.7% across the forecast period.
  • The report predicts that over 3.4 million MEC nodes will be deployed by 2027; rising from less than 1 million in 2022. It identified autonomous vehicles and smart cities as key beneficiaries of increasing MEC roll-outs by enabling the handling of data generated by connections in these markets to be processed at network edges. This will reduce network strain by decreasing the physical distance that cellular data will need to travel. The report found that operator partnerships with agile technology companies, such as AWS, IBM and Microsoft, will be essential in achieving this growth of MEC node roll-outs. It forecasts that over 1.6 billion mobile users will have access to services underpinned by MEC nodes by 2027; rising from only 390 million in 2022.
  • Moreover, mobile cloud computing is anticipated to the be a highly valued MEC service amongst mobile users over the next five years. By migrating processing power to the cloud, via MEC nodes, users will benefit from faster processing power and devices with smaller form factors. Additionally, the report predicted that the delivery of digital content, including video streaming, cloud gaming and immersive reality, will benefit from the geographical proximity of MEC nodes and will increase the value proposition by improving video caching and computational offload. It urged operators to maximise the user reach of MEC by focusing on urban deployments first.



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May 2022




Research Details

Juniper Research
George Morris
Operators & Providers
8 Key Regions - includes North America, Latin America, West Europe, Central & East Europe, Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Rest of Asia Pacific and Africa & Middle East
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA, Vietnam

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