With the rise of 5G and IoT, and more importantly, the new applications often associated with them—augmented reality, virtual reality and autonomous vehicles—it has become clear to communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide that edge computing architectures will play an important role in ensuring successful roll-out of these new applications.
In recognition of the need to standardize an open environment at the edge, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) established an Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Mobile Edge Computing (also called Multi-Access Edge Computing) in December 2014. The ISG is working on terminology, architectures, use cases and requirements with the goal of seamless integration of third-party applications across multivendor platforms at the mobile edge. MEC is a natural evolution of mobile base stations and also represents the convergence of IT and telecommunications networking. MEC will enable new business offerings and services for both consumers and enterprise customers.
This report will take a look at the current state of MEC, the key use cases that are being discussed and prototyped today, early proof of concepts and pre-standard deployments that exist today.