Telecom companies around the world are currently working on the transition to a new generation of 5G networks. Benefits such as high speed, low latency, and high bandwidth make 5G a powerful catalyst for the development of advanced technologies. For 5G network deployment projects, we suggested using the MEC architecture (Multi-Access Edge Computing). Find out what are the benefits of MEC and what opportunities it opens up by reading this article.
What is MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing)
MEC or Multi-Access Edge Computing is a traffic optimization software solution that provides real-time computing. Nowadays, most applications perform online computing and store content on remote servers that are usually located far from the end-user. MEC allows computing and data storage at the edge of the network as well as integrating them into base stations. Thanks to this, we can solve many business cases with minimal delay (latency). The reduction of network latency is the most important feature of the 5G network. It allows you to use high-load online solutions, such as public AR/VR on mobile devices connected to the mobile Internet.
The advantages of the MEC architecture include:
- low latency and high transmission capacity;
- moving workloads from devices to the cloud;
- reliable computing and data storage.
MEC can leverage the power of 5G by helping applications that require low latency computing to respond faster and more efficiently. Therefore, having experience with telecom software solutions, we suggested using the MEC architecture for the 5G network deployment. This step will significantly expand the variability of business cases tested on the platform and will help to unleash the full potential of 5G.
The process of deploying MEC architecture in a 5G network
The basic MEC architecture consists of two layers: the network function virtualization layer and the application deployment layer. On the first layer, the set of functionality can differ depending on the network architecture and standards used by the telecom operator. The second layer represents virtual servers that allow you to install applications just like in a regular data center.
The MEC architecture deployment process is as follows:
- We install a computing module on a base station, where we can deploy applications that process user data. This will allow us to work with data even before it hits the Internet.
- Along with this architecture, we transfer the virtual environment and some functions of the network, such as data processing, user subscriptions, user authentication, etc. to the computing module.
Using this architecture we also can test private networks. The experience of using private mobile networks (5G LTE) is widespread in the United States, where private enterprises can use local networks for their needs without special agreements with telecom operators. To deploy 5G LTE, we need to install all the equipment required for a telecom network at the enterprise. So we get a private network that closes all user traffic, increases the level of security, reliability, and improves data processing speed.
It is important to understand that architectural solutions differ from project to project. IdeaSoft has many ready-made solutions for different cases. This architecture will allow trouble-free work with any telecom operator. In fact, we make a duplicate of the network functionality at the base station and connect to the telecom operator using the roaming model. Then we will have to create a roaming system for connecting to a telecom operator. After preparing the architecture, we have to install the computing module along with all the necessary software.
MEC enables 5G technologies to be fully efficient by minimizing latency and providing real-time computing. It provides a network with high performance, low latency, and high bandwidth. This way MEC improves user experience and enhances the main benefits of 5G networks. Using this architecture for 5G network deployment opens up the possibility of creating both public and private networks, depending on the needs of your business.
Feel free to contact us if you need help with your 5G network deployment process.