1 ms 5G is years away but the first 10-15 ms Edge Clouds are sprouting up. A day after I said, "No one is deploying Edge at the cell sites," I discovered Vapor IO is deploying systems one hop away or sometimes at towers. Update: Vapor tells Mike Dano "Vapor IO is putting its edge computing functions," where they can "manage hundreds or potentially thousands of cell radios." Previously, they planned the opposite. At a guess, the difference is 3-8 ms. Apologies for my sloppy fact-checking. End update.
The first two are live in Chicago and they building over a dozen more. After four years and three funding rounds, they plan to launch 200 sites by the end of 2020. Goldman Sachs, Crown Castle, and private equity have been involved.
AT&T and T-Mobile/Nokia are rebuilding their networks for SDN/NFV and both are using OpenStack. Vapor IO has an interesting multitenant software system that provides a shared system (colocation.) CMO Matt Trifiro tells me they are actively signing clients. Part-owner Crown Castle has 10's of thousands of small cell and towers. It would be natural to do joint sales calls.
Trifiro tells me the Vapor Edge Modules will also go at "aggregation points" one hop away. With dedicated fibre, that may add as little as a millisecond. (Update. This is not accurate,)