Vasona Networks’ management team in 2016 felt that the company should invest in multi-access edge computing (MEC) and raised $14.6M for its edge computing efforts. Since then, the company has presented its MEC research and findings at various industry events, including Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
MEC stands for computing at the edge of a network. The edge of a network is formed by local sources, such as cell phone towers, data centers, and hot spots. The primary benefit of MEC is that local sources can place computing closer to the end-user, which dramatically decreases the amount of time data takes to transfer from the user to the network. The user then experiences decreased latency and a steadier connection than with cloud computing.
Rui Frazao, Vasona CTO, told Fast Mode that “2018 will be the year we see commercial deployments turned up, securing MEC’s status as an enduring technology that is here for the long-haul to pave the path to 5G.” The company actively participates in MEC research as a member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and partners with other companies in a joint effort to identify edge solutions, including Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE).
Here’s a look at the technology that Vasona is offering in 2018.
Vasona’s MEC Offering
SmartAIR Edge Solution is available as an appliance or as a virtual solution. Vasona’s SmartAIR is able to track device to cell resources and recognizes network congestion in real time in order to manage network traffic. Vasona’s edge solution strongly focuses on video optimization. Its website states that the company decreases video delays “during busy hours by more than 25 percent.” The company also believes its product could be used for the following use cases: augmented reality, fixed wireless, and the Internet of Things (IoT).