Huawei has released a 5G-oriented mobile edge computing (MEC) solution, which uses a more advanced architecture than the LTE one currently used to support MEC technology. It calls the solution MEC@CloudEdge.
The solution features low-delay, content localisation, and network capability exposure to meet the requirements of the 5G era and enable a better user experience and more service innovations.
At the same time, Huawei has also released an MEC White Paper Executive Summary published by IDC to reinforce MEC standards, enabling operators to build a localised, flexible, and open network platform to enable the building of 5G MEC networks.
MEC@CloudEdge enhances user experience and opens the MEC ecosystem.
Currently, most mobile networks use the LTE-era architecture which has already greatly improved user experience in data services yet cannot meet requirements for extremely low delay, ultra high bandwidths, and large-scale IoTs deployed by various industries.
According to Huawei, MEC@CloudEdge is the industry's first 5G-oriented MEC solution. Dai Jisheng, president of Huawei Cloud Packet Core Product Line, said: "As one of the sponsors of the MEC standards, Huawei has focused its R&D on developing MEC architecture based on the industry standards.
“MEC@CloudEdge is the first 5G-oriented MEC solution emanating from our R&D labs. It uses new technologies that will enable operators to deploy 5G-oriented networks for sustainable development and to achieve best user experience and faster service innovation."
MEC@CloudEdge meets three key market requirements: low-delay, content localisation and network capability exposure. First, high-quality videos and AR/VR require extremely low delay in service processing to provide optimal user experience. The MEC@CloudEdge relies on a cloud-based network architecture that guarantees low delay even with AR/VR quality bandwidth requirements.
Second, the MEC@CloudEdge solution also uses the Local Break Out (LBO) technology that enables operators and users to directly access local content and apps through MEC. Content can be flexibly and rapidly read, written, and transmitted without passing through CN gateways, leveraging local processing of content and apps thus providing real-time user experience.
Last but not least, the MEC@CloudEdge solution still provides strong network opening capabilities so as to reduce base station construction costs and provide an open network platform supporting third-party apps to implement unified resource management.
The MEC White Paper Executive Summary published by IDC details current development challenges facing MEC and shares operator requirements in the 5G era. IDC analyst Sathya Atreyam pointed out: "In the 5G era, low-delay services require CN functions to be flexibly deployed at the network edge, and heavy-traffic services require content localization. Operators need open, advanced technologies to meet user requirements for optimal service experience.”