Edge Application Developer Project
October 22, 2018
new project group is being led by Deutsche Telekom, MobiledgeX and
Intel, focused on developing publicly available, vendor neutral APIs and
software tools to enable mobility-centric functions, powered by mobile
operator edge infrastructure.
"MobiledgeX is excited to be a founding member and leader of the Edge
Application Developer Project group within TIP," said Sunay Tripathi,
CTO and EVP of Engineering at MobiledgeX. "Open APIs and SDKs that
provide access to edge infrastructure resources are what will empower
developers to build the apps and devices of tomorrow, bringing pervasive
and immersive experiences to end users."
The vision of the Edge Application Developer Project group is to
maintain the current cloud experience by leaving the backend of an
existing application in the central cloud but automating and auto
scaling out of the web tier (application front end) to the edge
locations nearest to the client in a way that is device, operating
system, and language agnostic.
Mobility-centric functions such as identity and trusted location,
predictive quality of experience, dynamic grouping for multiplayer or
multi-device applications (e.g. drones) are key outputs of the open APIs
and SDKs referenced by Sunay. Developer demand for such functionality is
already apparent in the market with companies like Niantic, creator of
leading Augmented Reality games like Pokémon GO, announcing last week
their intentions to partner with Deutsche Telekom and MobiledgeX to
revolutionize user experiences with the power of edge infrastructure and
MobiledgeX plans to use a permissive open source software license,
Apache 2.0, so a developer can release a modified version of the
licensed product under any license of the developer's choice.
investment of $1.7 trillion in mobile infrastructure over the last 10
years led to the creation of roughly $20 trillion in industry revenues
and in the post cloud era in telecom, we expect similar levels of
investment in the next decade but the potential value created will grow
2-3x compared to the last decade," says Chetan Sharma, CEO of Chetan
Until now, the application developer world had largely been isolated
from the mobile telecom world. This initiative is focused on ensuring
accessibility to the massive existing and future investments and
subsequent capabilities. Bringing developers, global mobile operators,
and technology ecosystem partners together in a new way is what leaders
of the Edge Application Developer Project group believe makes this
endeavor so important and pivotal.
"We see edge computing as a great business opportunity. Telcos have a
unique advantage in this space - the tight integration with the network.
This enables, for example, next generation augmented reality
applications. We are very excited to support MobiledgeX in building the
Edge Application Developer community in TIP to help developers take
advantage of the global edge," said Axel Clauberg, VP of IP End to End &
Infrastructure Cloud at Deutsche Telekom.