Multi-access edge computing (MEC) inspires global cooperation on defining standards and applications. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), in the spirit of cohesive MEC research, started an industry specification group (ISG) to tackle the complex questions associated with edge computing. The group investigates and conceptualizes solutions for MEC computing. But does it also define multi-access edge computing? What exactly is ETSI’s role in defining MEC?
The ETSI MEC ISG outlines the different MEC standards for industry experts to follow when testing and applying MEC use cases. The standards cover a breadth of features when it comes to edge applications and deployment, including but not limited to architecture, a robust glossary of MEC terms, APIs, and general principles. The ISG will play a significant role in the definition of MEC as it’s the global body to which industry experts refer. Find the full list of MEC standards identified by the ETSI ISG here. For a quicker read, this helpful article gives a summary of the standards.
ETSI MEC Facts
- ETSI’s MEC ISG formed in 2014.
- According to its website, the ISG’s purpose “is to create a standardized, open environment which will allow the efficient and seamless integration of applications.”
- The ETSI ISG collaborates with the OpenFog Consortium to further enhance its applications.
- ETSI defines MEC as: “Multi-access edge computing (MEC) that offers application developers and content providers cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the mobile network. This environment is characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth as well as real-time access to radio network information that can be leveraged by applications.”
- The group writes educational white papers that define the technology and its role in the computing sphere, including benefits and challenges.
- In September 2017, the ETSI’s MEC ISG initiated changing the name of MEC from mobile edge computing to multi-access edge computing. It realized that various access points may establish a network edge, not solely a mobile network.
- The group designed the MEC architecture to include a virtualized platform similar to NFV. It also suggests that converging MEC architecture with NFV improves the scalability and low-latency features of edge computing. Scalability and low-latency are two of the most desirable components to edge computing as it allows more Internet of Things (IoT) devices to maintain a consistent, real-time connection.