The fifth generation of wireless technology, 5G, can provide higher speed & capacity and lower latency than the previous 4G LTE networks. It is one of the most robust technologies the world has ever seen.
In today’s hyperconnected world, the processors must move closer to the mobile edge network for data processing to take advantage of 5G’s speed and latency. This is where MEC comes into play.
Multi-access edge computing (MEC) is a network architecture that provides cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the network. The network edge analyses, processes, and stores the data. Since the collected data is processed closer to the customer, the benefits of MEC include reduced latency, efficient network operations & service delivery to the end-user, and consequentially, improved customer experience.
‘Mobile edge computing’ refers to an earlier, more narrow definition of multi-access edge computing, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably.
"It uniquely allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions," the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) explains. MEC also enables applications and services to be hosted 'on top' of the mobile network elements. Multi-access Edge Computing will help boost new vertical business segments and services for consumers and enterprise customers. Some of the varied use cases that MEC can enable are:
According to KBV Research, The Global Multi-access Edge Computing Market size is expected to reach $16.7 billion by 2027, rising at a market growth of 39.1% CAGR during the forecast period 2021-2027. The need for faster decision-making & generation of vast amounts of data in industries such as IT and telecom, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, and data centers is encouraging the adoption of multi-access edge computing (MEC) technology.
5G Core Network (5GC) is a game-changer for MEC. 3GPP Release 16 introduces several capabilities supporting mobile edge computing, including:
The combination of edge computing & 5G provides a breakthrough into multiple innovative use cases for a plethora of industries. Because sensors can process data faster, AI and ML algorithms become more effective. Since 5G allows more connections to run simultaneously, near-real-time analytical intelligence can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. The 5G+MEC concept’s widespread adoption has been waiting for 5G network deployment. Once 5G networks are deployed with full force, partnership agreements between cloud and network owners will flourish along with the migration of applications from the cloud to MEC.
Today’s mobile operators widely adopt technology transformation within the existing processes and services. Be it transitioning from 4G to 5G, hardware to the cloud, IPv4 to IPv6 migration, etc. However, in today’s cutthroat competition within the industry, their business success depends on their ability to successfully navigate these transformations to provide a seamless subscriber experience and innovative services.
Some important considerations and challenges faced by mobile network operators as they begin to deploy 5G and MEC nodes:
With its high speed, low latency, and massive capacity, 5G could make applications such as drone delivery and cloud-connected traffic control live up to their potential. From time-critical apps such as payments to emergency response use-cases such as telemedicine, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Furthermore, MEC-enabled 5G wireless systems promise to offer real-time, low-latency, and high-bandwidth access to the radio network resources. As a result, MEC would enable network operators to open up their networks to a wide range of innovative services & build a new ecosystem.
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