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The emerging MEC service environment will facilitate a seamless access experience, dramatically lower latency, and improve capacity optimization for content, services, and applications. Mobile Network Operators (MNO) have the opportunity to play a greater role in the emerging MEC ecosystem as they can add value through optimized apps and content. MNOs also have the opportunity to realize improved ROI in their LTE and 5G network investments through improved data efficiency and ability to deliver capacity on-demand when and where it is needed.
ETSI has recently redefined MEC to account for “addressing multiple MEC hosts being deployed in many different networks, owned by various operators and running edge applications in a collaborative manner.” This new view of MEC is why the term “Multi-access” is used as there is now a focus upon many different means of accessing the edge including Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet) using various evolved versions of LTE, 5G technologies including millimeter wave RF, fixed wireless deployments, WiFi, and more. This new view of MEC also means that standards will evolve to encompass all different types of Communication Service Providers (CSP) and not just cellular carriers.
This research evaluates MEC technology, architecture and building blocks, ecosystem, market drivers, applications, solutions, and deployment challenges. The report also analyzes MEC industry initiatives, leading companies, and solutions. The report includes a market assessment and forecast for MEC users/devices within CSP networks and MEC revenue globally, regionally, and within the enterprise market for years 2017 to 2022.
This research also evaluates the technologies, companies, and solutions that leverage edge computing for real-time IoT data processing and analytics. The report assesses challenges and opportunities associated with realizing business value from real-time analytics. The report provides detailed forecasts globally, regionally, and across industry verticals and solution categories for 2017 to 2022.
• Mobile Network Operators
• API management companies
• SDN and virtualization vendors
• Telecom managed service providers
• Wireless/mobile infrastructure providers
• Software, Application, and Content Providers
• RAN, Cloud Computing, and MEC R&D organizations
• Cloud and Cloudlet infrastructure and service providers