This blog is by Nurit Sprecher at Nokia Networks.
The Mobile-edge Computing Industry Initiative opens the door to wider innovation and value creation
On September 24th 2014, nine months of effort came to fruition. In collaboration with Intel, Vodafone, IBM, Huawei and NTT DOCOMO, a new multi-stakeholder industry initiative on Mobile-edge Computing (MEC) was formed, under the auspices of an ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) (see ETSI MEC website). All these efforts are towards creating an open multi-vendor environment, at a location considered as the most lucrative point in the mobile network: the Radio Access Network (RAN) edge. Characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth, this environment will offer cloud computing capabilities as well as exposure to real-time radio network and context information.
One of the objectives of the MEC ISG is to leverage this open and standardized IT service environment to allow applications from network equipment vendors, mobile operators, OTT players, content providers and application developers to be efficiently and seamlessly integrated across multi-vendor mobile-edge computing platforms.
The outcome of all of this is to take the mobile-broadband experience to a completely new level. Think about how applications located in close proximity to users will benefit from the increased responsiveness of the RAN edge, resulting in maximized speed and interactivity. It’s time to say goodbye to delays and other degradations encountered by data traveling between devices over the web.
With mobile-edge computing, real-time network information and service analytics (at the source) will be used to optimize performance. Imagine the extent to which this will improve service experience and the utilization of network resources that have to handle unprecedented amounts of traffic.
Think about how real-time granular context information will be used to create highly personalized services which are tailored to individual needs and preferences.
All of this culminates into application and service innovation that can be translated into unique value and revenue generation. And it’s available to all players within the value-chain through closer cooperation and complementary roles within their respective business models.
Living on the edge with Liquid Apps
Nokia Networks already has a solution that is taking full advantage of edge computing: Liquid Applications. Ulrich Dropmann, head of the Technology & Innovation Industry Environment at Nokia Networks, congratulated the team on the formation of the new Industry Initiative for MEC with a reminder that: “This is just the beginning of the journey but it marks a very important step towards developing favorable market conditions and facilitating economic growth. We can look forward to a myriad of new use cases across multiple sectors as well as the many benefits that will result from increased collaboration between the different players in the value-chain.”
Peter Jarich, vice president at Current Analysis concurs: “When Nokia Networks introduced its Liquid Applications solution in 2013, it also introduced many people in the industry to the concept of Mobile Edge Computing. While other vendors have followed with their own visions for situating applications in the Radio Access Network (RAN) since then, the industry can now look toward the MEC ISG to encourage the development of a broader Mobile Edge Computing ecosystem characterized by open standards – a good thing for every vendor and service provider.”
On a personal note, I’m delighted to be able to collaborate with the industry players and, as the convener of the first initiative meetings am committed to ensuring the success of Mobile-edge Computing.
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