What is multi-access edge computing (MEC)?

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  • Multi-access edge computing (MEC) is the next big thing for business, but many are still unclear about what it is. And until you fully understand MEC, you can’t begin to imagine what it can do for you. To get you ready to unlock the power of this emerging technology, we’ve created a brief introduction, as well as a breakdown of some of its more impressive capabilities. We also have additional resources for you to explore. 

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  • Edge and multi-access edge computing: The basics

    Edge computing is a network architectural model that brings technology resources, including compute and related infrastructure, closer to the end user or to where the data is generated. Rather than housing these critical resources in a big data center that could be hundreds—or even thousands—of miles away from where the data will ultimately be delivered, this new architecture puts it closer to the end user, all right at the edge of the network.

    It’s a distributed cloud compute extension of cellular and non-cellular networks where data is processed and stored at the edge, with only key information transmitted back to a centralized cloud for backend services support.

    Multi-access edge computing (MEC) is a type of edge computing that extends the functionality of networks, including 5G networks, with enhanced capabilities.

    A transformational complement to 5G, it provides both an IT service environment and cloud-computing capabilities at the edge of the mobile network, within the radio access network (RAN) and in close proximity to mobile subscribers.

  • What multi-access edge computing means for business

    The behind-the-scenes aspects of MEC, such as quicker processing and less network traffic, are generally advantageous, but it’s the more tangible benefits The basic functional aspects of multi-access edge computing (MEC), such as faster processing and increased bandwidth, are generally advantageous, but it’s the more tangible benefits that really have businesses excited. Benefits like:

    • Ultralow latency. Multi-access edge computing reduces the latency that comes with compute/storage residing at faraway data centers. And with potential for single-digit latency, MEC opens doors to a whole new generation of possibilities—from lightweight VR to automated and orchestrated construction vehicles.
    • Localized data. With MEC, data can be gathered and acted on right where it’s created—which can result in greater performance, contextually aware applications and improved security.
    • Expanded IoT potential. Multi-access edge computing is ideally suited to facilitate the rapid growth of IoT, and it can even address IoT challenges such as energy use and battery life. These benefits are especially available when MEC is combined with 5G, a network designed to handle massive IoT loads.
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  • The multi-access edge computing effect across industries

    While edge computing is still an emerging technology, we have a few ideas for how industries can leverage it to innovate and transform. For instance, we think manufacturers could use MEC to improve floor safety and customer experiences along the way. From autonomous checkout to in-transit product location, multi-access edge computing could go a long way in helping retailers develop more meaningful customer relationships. And as-it-happens data could open up new opportunities for the healthcare industry to improve quality of care. 

    Visit our use case library to get more specifics on these ideas and to explore other use cases that range from what’s possible now to more forward-thinking prospects.

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  • Multi-access edge computing and 5G: A powerful combination   

    As SDX Central says, “Both MEC and 5G are considered disrupting technologies on their own, but combined they will become a powerful force in the world of computing.”

    And Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband* is the ideal network to support multi-access edge computing, thanks to:

    • Ultralow latency. Low latency is a must for next-gen applications—and our 5G and MEC offering work together to take latency to new lows
    • Virtualization from core to edge. We’ve virtualized the core of our network; now we’re virtualizing the RAN edge to make edge-on-demand possible
    • Extensive reach. Multi-access edge computing is all about location, and we have service points across the country
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*5G Nationwide available in 2700+ cities on most VZ 5G devices. 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) available only in parts of select cities. 5G UWB access requires a 5G capable device with select voice/data 5G UWB plans.

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  • Verizon 5G Edge builds the power of the cloud right into the 5G Ultra Wideband network, uniting two key elements of multi-access edge computing—infrastructure and software development.

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For mobile edge computing to succeed at scale, it’s critical to have a high-performance cellular network, built from the start to support next-generation applications, devices and services.

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With this new architecture, developers will be able to build applications for mobile end users and wireless edge devices with ultralow latency. That opens up a whole new world of possibilities for public and private sector organizations of all types and sizes.

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