Mobile edge computing is a type of network architecture in which data is stored and processed close to where it's generated and consumed.
In a traditional network architecture, data is processed, stored and transmitted to its intended user from a central location, either an on-premise data center or a cloud data center. Increased latency is inherent in this setup, leading to slower upload and download speeds when a user is streaming content or engaging with a virtual live event on their mobile device.
In an edge computing environment, data storage and transmission are more localized. MEC relies on integration at the network edge, cellular access networking and decentralized cloud computing resources. Non-latency-sensitive workloads are typically handled at a centralized cloud data center, while those applications that are latency-sensitive, such as live-event video streaming and virtual reality, are localized at the edge for processing.
As more people consume content on their smartphones, media and entertainment companies will need to lean on modern network architecture models, such as MEC, to deliver best-in-class digital experiences.