ENABLING MULTI-ACCESS EDGE COMPUTING (MEC) FOR 5G
The proposed 5G standards – with considerably higher bandwidth and significantly lower latency – are pushing the requirement for more resources at the cell tower, rather than relying on network backhaul. By placing content, data storage and compute capabilities at the tower, mobile service providers will be able to improve the experience of existing customers and also meet the needs of emerging use cases.
Multi-access edge computing (MEC) – designed to be implemented at cellular base stations or other edge nodes –
will play an important role in the world of 5G. With its localised cloud capabilities, distributed computing power to support mission-critical applications, and its capacity to offload latency-dependent services from large cloud or enterprise data centres, MEC brings performing related processing tasks closer to the customer with higher resilience.
The requirement for MEC is likely to increase with the expeditive growth in IoT connected devices, autonomous
vehicles, augmented reality and other emerging technologies. The remoteness of many cell towers and the hostility of edge node environments make Iceotope’s modular, liquid-cooled, containerised data centre and edge server technology ideal solutions for enabling rapid 5G MEC deployment and scalability.