March 10, 2017

Where is the Edge in Edge Computing?

Aside from 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), the third acronym on everyone’s lips at Mobile World Congress 2017 was MEC, which stands for mobile edge computing. But where exactly is the edge?  The answers are all over the board, but they paint a picture of network architectures, which are getting more generic.

Before the show, speaking with Nurit Sprecher, a principle architect at Nokia who’s heading up the ETSI ISG MEC group, she said, “MEC is about providing cloud computing at the edge of the network, characterized by low latency and high bandwidth. We’re talking about distributed cloud.”

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