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MobiledgeX expands to Canada

MobiledgeX expands to Canada

Source: Ericsson

Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) edge computing platform spinout MobiledgeX unveiled a third operator partner in the form of Canada’s number‑three telecoms player TELUS.

The deal, which builds on MobiledgeX’s existing ties with DT and the Group’s South Korean technology buddy SK Telecom (SKT), will see TELUS trial the venture’s MobiledgeXEdge‑CloudR1.0 platform, aimed at fostering edge computing-based service innovation and exploiting lower latency functionality of advanced 4G and 5G networks.

The operator hopes the move will attract innovation tie‑ups with “third‑parties, such as mobile application developers, consumer device makers, and [InternetofThings] hardware manufacturers”. It reiterated targeted use‑cases for edge computing around gaming, Industry4.0, and “immersive augmented reality [AR]”.

Edge of tomorrow

California-based MobiledgeX was established in January 2018 to “further explore the opportunities of edge computing”, and sits within DT’s Telekom Innovation Pool of “strategic” investments.

In 2017, it flagged it was piloting its platform with Telekom Deutschland, and has since highlighted work with the NatCo to build new gaming systms, alongside AR application specialist Niantic and Samsung (DeutscheTelekomwatch, #70, #76, and #81). MobiledgeX also collaborates with DT and Intel on an EdgeApplication Developer Project Group within the Facebook‑backed Telecom Infra Project.

SKT joined DT in investing in MobiledgeX in 2018, as part of a reciprocal funding deal that saw the Group take a stake in ID Quantique, a Switzerland-based quantum cryptography solutions provider. SKT acquired ID Quantique in February 2018 (DeutscheTelekomwatch, #77). DT and SKT have been cultivating an enterprise services and technology research relationship since at least 2016 (DeutscheTelekomwatch, #61).