ZTE and mobile operator China Unicom demonstrated a mobile edge computing (MEC) solution based on 5G architectures at Mobile World Congress Shanghai this week (29 June to 1 July 2016).
The ZTE MEC solution is based on cloud aware soft-network architecture and network elements, which can be customised according to requirements and is suitable for flexible future network evolution.
The ZTE MEC solution uses an open platform, which the company said shortens application development, deployment periods and facilitates the evolution of the MEC application system. On-premises deployments of MCE solutions can effectively improve network responsiveness and reduce latency.
At MWC, ZTE displayed an integrated demonstration of the QCell indoor coverage solution and MEC solution, offering a method for indoor big data applications. ZTE also successfully demonstrated virtual reality (VR) video applications with the MEC solution, offering wireless VR experiences to conference visitors.
ZTE noted that as IT networks and CT networks have become more deeply integrated, big data solutions are recognized as a hot topic, the massive deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) is on the way and VR/augmented reality (AR) applications are also prospering.
In order to offer a better service environment for all these applications, operators are urgently seeking to optimise their mobile network capability and reduce latency by localising content caching and applications, so they can be hosted in close proximity to mobile users.