MEC is short for Multi-access Edge Computing, a technology that can speed up data processing and optimize and accelerate communications by utilizing servers in close proximity to smartphones and IoT devices where data is generated.
Achieving low-latency communications by processing data at servers located near devices
MEC is a specification for edge computing that’s being standardized by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) to facilitate access mainly from smartphones and IoT devices.
Since MEC performs distributed processing on the edge of a mobile network (either on the device itself or on a nearby server), it enables communications with lower latency, which means faster response times. Cloud computing, on the other hand, aggregates and sends information from devices to a specified server so data can be processed there.
By collecting, processing, and storing data on the edge, communication with the cloud can be kept to a minimum. This reduces network load and is also effective in reducing security risks since only necessary data is transmitted and received.
A technology that takes full advantage of 5G, MEC is expected be useful for automated driving, smart building management, factory automation, and cloud-based gaming, all of which require low latency communications and rapid data processing.
(Posted on September 28, 2022, Original article posted on September 15)
by SoftBank News Editors