Mobile Edge Computing: Technology, Solutions, and Future of Wireless Apps and Content




Published: January 2016   Pages: 71
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Overview:

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) represents cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the mobile network. The edge of the network includes base station infrastructure and data centers close to the radio network, which can extract network context from Radio Access Network (RAN) and process in a distributed manner.

MEC brings virtualized applications much closer to mobile users ensuring network flexibility, economy and scalability for improved user experience. It facilitates a service environment that allows seamless access experience and responsiveness for content, services, and applications. It provides mobile network operators with an opportunity to play a greater role in an emerging ecosystem as they can add value through optimized apps and content.

Supported by leading organizations such as ETSI ISG, IBM, Intel, Nokia Network, Huawei, NTT DoCoMo, Saguna, and Vodafone, MEC will be applied in a wide array of areas including content delivery, DNS caching, RAN optimization, offloading, IoT connectivity, distributed video, critical communications, and urban security. MEC is also anticipated to create a new ecosystem that will positively impact various vertical markets.

This research evaluates MEC technology, architecture and building clocks, ecosystem, market drivers, applications, solutions, and deployment challenges. The report also analyzes MEC industry initiatives, leading companies, and solutions. It also includes a market assessment and forecast to 2025. All purchases of Mind Commerce reports includes time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you're addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

Target Audience:

  • 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

Companies in Report:

  • ADLINK
  • Advantech
  • EE
  • ETSI
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Integrated Device Technology (IDT)
  • Intel
  • Juniper Network
  • Nokia Network
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • Parallel Wireless
  • PeerApp
  • Saguna
  • Small Cell Forum
  • SpiderCloud Wireless
  • Vasona Network
  • Vodafone

Table of Contents:

1.0 INTRODUCTION
1.1 WHAT IS MOBILE EDGE COMPUTING (MEC)?
1.2 CHARACTERISTICS OF MEC
1.2.1 PROCESSING AT THE EDGE
1.2.2 LOW LATENCY NETWORK
1.2.3 CONTEXT BASED SERVICE
1.2.4 LOCATION SERVICE AND ANALYTICS
1.3 BENEFITS OF MEC
1.3.1 BUSINESS BENEFITS
1.3.2 TECHNICAL BENEFITS
1.3.3 MNO SPECIFIC BENEFIT
2.0 MEC PLATFORM ARCHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
2.1 MEC PLATFORM ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING BLOCKS
2.1.1 MEC INFRASTRUCTURE
2.1.2 MEC APPLICATION PLATFORM
2.1.3 MEC MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK
2.2 MEC VALUE CHAIN FOR EDGE CLOUD
2.3 MEC TECHNOLOGY AND BUILDING BLOCKS
2.3.1 RADIO NETWORK INFORMATION SERVICE
2.3.2 TRAFFIC OFFLOAD FUNCTION
2.3.3 INTERFACE
2.3.4 CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT
2.3.5 APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT
2.3.6 VM OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
2.3.7 HARDWARE VIRTUALIZATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
2.3.8 CORE NETWORK ELEMENTS
2.3.9 OPEN STANDARD FUNCTION
2.4 MEC TECHNOLOGY ENABLER
2.4.1 MOBILE COMPUTING TO MOBILE CLOUD COMPUTING
2.4.2 CLOUDLETS BASED MOBILE CLOUD COMPUTING
2.4.3 CLOUDLET TO CLOUD
2.4.4 PACKETCLOUD OPEN PLATFORM FOR CLOUDLET
2.4.5 ENTERPRISE CLOUD ARCHITECTURE
2.4.6 AKAMAI CLOUDLET SOLUTION
2.4.7 OPENI CLOUDLET STORAGE FRAMEWORK
2.5 MEC DEPLOYMENT SCOPE
3.0 MEC ECOSYSTEM AND MARKET PLAYERS
3.1 MEC NETWORK ECOSYSTEM
3.2 MEC NETWORK STRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
3.3 MEC ECOSYSTEM PLAYERS
3.3.1 SOFTWARE & ASPS
3.3.2 OTT SERVICE AND CONTENT PROVIDERS
3.3.3 NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT PROVIDERS
3.3.4 MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS (MNOS)
4.0 MEC MARKET DRIVERS
4.1 LIMITATION OF CLOUD CONVERGENCE
4.2 IT AND TELECOM NETWORK CONVERGENCE
4.3 BASE STATION EVOLUTION
4.4 CELL AGGREGATION POINT
4.5 VIRTUALIZATION AND CLOUD
4.6 HIGH VOLUME SERVERS
4.7 DATA CENTER TO NETWORK
4.8 APPLICATION AND SERVICE ECOSYSTEM
4.9 5G NETWORK
4.10 EDGE CLOUD AND DATA TRANSFERABILITY
4.11 PROXIMATE CLOUD COMPUTING
4.12 FASTER CONTENT DELIVERY
4.13 MEC FOR SMALL CELLS
4.14 MOBILE DATA DEMAND
4.15 FOG COMPUTING AND LOW LATENCY
4.16 C-RAN AND CLOUD RAN
5.0 MEC APPLICATION AREAS
5.1 LOCATION TRACKING
5.2 MOBILE CONTENT DELIVERY
5.3 CONTENT REROUTING
5.4 VIDEO ANALYTICS
5.5 CONTENT OPTIMIZATION
5.6 DNS CACHING
5.7 PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION
5.8 MULTIPLE MESH CLUSTERING
5.9 AUGMENTATION
5.10 PROXIMITY CONNECTIVITY
5.11 ENTERPRISE CONNECTIVITY
5.12 OFFLOADING
5.13 INTERNET OF THINGS
5.14 CRITICAL COMMUNICATION AND URBAN SECURITY
6.0 MEC DEPLOYMENT CHALLENGES
6.1 LIMITED COMPUTING AND STORAGE RESOURCES
6.2 VARIABLE THROUGHPUT
6.3 LOW PHYSICAL SECURITY
6.4 LIMITED INVESTMENT
6.5 INTEGRATION ON NETWORK LEVEL
6.6 PORTABILITY
6.7 APPLICATION SECURITY
6.8 PERFORMANCE
6.9 OPERATION
6.10 LEGAL FACTORS
6.11 PRICING AND BILLING
7.0 MOBILE EDGE COMPUTING (MEC) MARKET PROJECTION THROUGH 2025
7.1 MEC IMPACT VERTICAL MARKET PROJECTION
7.1.1 MOBILE CLOUD CONTENT & APPLICATION
7.1.2 MOBILE CLOUD AND BIG DATA ANALYTICS
7.1.3 MOBILE CLOUD SECURITY SOLUTION
7.1.4 MOBILE MICRO DATA CENTER SOLUTION
7.1.5 MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATION
7.1.6 MOBILE LOCATION BASED SERVICE & SOLUTION
7.1.7 MOBILE CLOUD DATABASE & SOLUTION
7.1.8 MOBILE CLOUD SERVER & SOLUTION
7.1.9 MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE & EQUIPMENT
7.1.10 IOT CONNECTIVITY AND SOLUTIONS
7.2 MEC NETWORK ADOPTION PROJECTION THROUGH 2020
8.0 MEC INDUSTRY INITIATIVE AND SOLUTION PROVIDERS
8.1 ETSI ISG INITIATIVE AND PARTNERS
8.2 SMALL CELL FORUM
8.3 SAGUNA
8.4 HUAWEI
8.5 NOKIA NETWORK
8.6 INTEL
8.7 JUNIPER NETWORK
8.8 PEERAPP
8.9 IBM
8.10 PARALLEL WIRELESS
8.11 INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY (IDT)
8.12 SPIDERCLOUD WIRELESS
8.13 ADVANTECH
8.14 VASONA NETWORK
8.15 ADLINK
8.16 EE
9.0 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
9.1 RECOMMENDED DEPLOYMENT SCENARIO
9.2 KEY TAKEAWAY FOR MOBILE OPERATORS AND OVERALL INDUSTRY

Figures

Figure 1: MEC Platform Architecture and Building Blocks
Figure 2: MEC Value Chain Diagram for Edge Cloud
Figure 3: Extreme Outdoor Server: MEC Platform Example
Figure 4: Mobile Cloud Computing and Cloudlet Mobile Cloud Computing
Figure 5: Cloudlet Based PacketCloud Framework
Figure 6: Cloudlet Based Enterprise Cloud Architecture
Figure 7: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Network Diagram
Figure 8 MEC Network Structure and Environment
Figure 9: MEC Market Drivers
Figure 10: Fog Computing Structure
Figure 11: Mobile Network Migration Pattern: from C-RAN to MEC
Figure 12: Location Tracking Model on MEC Network
Figure 13: Content Rerouting Structure
Figure 14: MEC Video Analytics based on Intelligent System
Figure 15: MEC Content Optimization Diagram
Figure 16: MEC Content and DNS Caching Diagram
Figure 17: MEC Application Aware Performance Optimization
Figure 18: MEC Mesh Clustering Diagram
Figure 19: MEC Augmented Reality Based Content Delivery
Figure 20: MEC Proximity Connectivity for Vehicle
Figure 21: MEC Enterprise Connectivity Framework
Figure 22: IoT Gateway Service on MEC Server
Figure 23: Saguna MEC Test Results
Figure 24: MEC Server Deployment Scenarios

Tables

Table 1: MEC Forecast by Market Verticals 2020 – 2025


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