Plenty of MEC Chatter Expected at Mobile World Congress 2018 #MWC18

Multi-access edge computing (MEC) is going to have a few moments in the limelight at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2018 event, although much of the attention is likely to come from show floor demonstrations and as part of larger discussions.

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Beyond predictions of companies expected to show off MEC advances, a number of organizations have already placed stakes in the ground.

Rui Frazao, CTO at Vasona Networks, said the company will be showing an online gaming demonstration using its Edge Breakout application, running over a mobile network. The platform exposes real-time network insight and management that allows third-party applications to redirect traffic to its most efficient path.

Frazao said the MEC market has evolved slower than many vendors have expected. He attributed this to the lack of business models showing operators how they can monetize the needed investment.

“We think the vendor community has an obligation to work with telecom operators to not sell just use cases for the future, but to actually deliver the technology that allows for a revenue model today,” Frazao said.

He did note that he expects market adoption to accelerate, bolstered by the increasing deployment of virtualized platforms.

“Having these virtualized networks in place makes it much easier for operators to take that next step and introduce edge computing,” Frazao said.

Timon Sloane, vice president for marketing and ecosystem at the Open Network Foundation (ONF), earlier this month said the group planned to show several demonstrations using its CORD project. Some of those will include integration of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) with CORD edge cloud work and MEC integration.

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