Many people in the ICT industry are familiar with the term “Mobile Edge Computing”, which refers to the use of Edge Computing in mobile (e.g. cellular) networks. However, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has recognized the need to focus on more than proximity computing for cellular as there is also a need for distributed computing for fixed networks as well as various wireless access such as WiFi, WiMAX, and more. Accordingly, ETSI has changed the MEC acronym to reflect “Multi-access“.
ETSI said the group’s focus will expand to “address multiple MEC hosts being deployed in many different networks, owned by various operators and running edge applications in a collaborative manner.” This expansion is set to include work on heterogeneous networks using LTE, “5G” technologies, fixed deployments and Wi-Fi technologies, with current work to simplify application programming interfaces, standards-based interfaces for multi-access hosts and an alignment with network functions virtualization architectures.
The ETSI MEC ISG group produces specifications to support edge computing.
One of the important areas of work for the ISG is to develop MEC Proof of Concept (PoC) to validate the specifications that are being developed, and to demonstrate the use cases that have served to extract the technical requirements.
MEC brings virtualized applications much closer to mobile users ensuring network flexibility, economy and scalability for improved user experience. It facilitates a service environment that allows seamless access experience and responsiveness for content, services, and applications. It provides mobile network operators with an opportunity to play a greater role in an emerging ecosystem as they can add value through optimized apps and content.
MEC will enable many new and enhanced applications and services including improvements in Augmented Reality, Location-based Services, Enterprise-specific Context Aware Services, Real-time Data as a Service (DaaS), and more. There will be advancements in Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communications as well as Mobile Commerce and Social Networking.
MEC will also drive many advances in infrastructure such as mini datacenters, remote servers, and more. It will also facilitate cloud-based service delivery models including real-time data analytics on-demand and various DaaS offerings.
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