Throughput and capacity seem to be certainly tremendously growing with the promises of 5G networks, but latency remains an issue. Reducing latency requires reducing distance between the consumer and where content and services are served.
For the first time, there is an opportunity for network operators to offer OTTs what they will value most: ultra-low latency, which will translate into a premium user experience and increased revenue. This will come at a cost, as physical and virtual real estate at the edge of the network will be scarce. Net neutrality will not work at the scale of an eNodeB, as commercial law will dictate the few applications and services providers that will be able to pre-position their content.
Mobile Edge Computing provides the ability to deploy commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) IT systems right at the edge of the cellular network, enabling ultra-low latency, geo-targeted delivery of innovative content and services. More importantly, MEC is designed to create a unique competitive advantage for network operators derived from their best assets, the network and the customers’ behaviour.
This report reviews the opportunity and time-frame associated with the emergence of this nascent technology and its potential impact on mobile networks and the mobile value chain.
Table of contents
Published in April 2016
- MEC features and benefits
- Cost reduction, QoE and new revenue streams
- Technology, roadmap, architecture
- 17 use cases include optimization, security, video, enterprise, Internet of Things, automotive, AR and consumer services
- Total addressable market size and dynamics for vendors and operators
- Companies mentioned include ADLINK, ADVA, Akamai, Cisco, HPE, Huawei, Nokia, NEC, NTT, PeerApp, Quortus, Saguna Networks, Telefonica, Vasona Networks, Vodafone, ZTE...