Mobile Edge Computing A key technology towards 5G

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is a new technology which is currently being standardized in an ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) of the same name. Mobile Edge Computing provides an IT service environment and cloud-computing capabilities at the edge of the mobile network, within the Radio Access Network (RAN) and in close proximity to mobile subscribers. The aim is to reduce latency, ensure highly efficient network operation and service delivery, and offer an improved user experience.

Mobile Edge Computing is a natural development in the evolution of mobile base stations and the convergence of IT and telecommunications networking. Based on a virtualized platform, MEC is recognized by the European 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership) research body as one of the key emerging technologies for 5G networks (together with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN)) [1]. In addition to defining more advanced air interface technologies, 5G networks will leverage more programmable approaches to software networking and use IT virtualization technology extensively within the telecommunications infrastructure, functions, and applications. MEC thus represents a key technology and architectural concept to enable the evolution to 5G, since it helps advance the transformation of the mobile broadband network into a programmable world and contributes to satisfying the demanding requirements of 5G in terms of expected throughout, latency, scalability and automation.

Mobile Edge Computing A key technology towards 5G