The Mobile Edge Cloud
5G And MEC

Bridging Your 5G Network to the Cloud

5G Is Not Just Another G

5G is not just a next generation of wireless technology — its speed and capacity are transformational, delivering orders of magnitude better performance to support the coming content delivery demands.

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4 Ways 5G Will Transform Our Lives

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Mobile Will Dominate Our Lives

By 2020, researchers predict 90% of those in western countries over the age of 6 years will have a phone. Almost all internet will be wireless. Certain industries will only exist in the mobile domain — no storefronts or traditional websites. Just a mobile app will run entire industries.

Over the coming decade, 5G will significantly alter how we experience a wide range of day-to-day activities. As the introduction of 5G transforms cloud and computing architectures — increasing mobile delivery speeds and lowering latency for so many of today's critical services — it is also transforming our lives.

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Immersive Experiences Everywhere

In a 5G world, screen interaction is replaced by immersion. Augmented reality will be everywhere, offering seamless cloud and device interaction. Your windshield, glasses, windows and more will be AR screens.

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Pervasive Internet of Things

IoT — connected and smart things (cars, homes, devices, appliances) will be strapped to our wrists, embedded in our clothes and within arms reach all day, everyday.

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Expanding Reach and New Applications

The addressable market will increase with a deeper reach in served markets and a broader reach into new markets. Currently untapped applications will emerge, such as holograms and volumetric 360 video.

5G Means New Business Models and Revenue

As consumer demand rises for these transformational experiences, new, high-yield business models are emerging, impacting the economics of an array of industries.

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Fixed Wireless

5G's high speeds mean wireless will replace traditional fixed broadband services in many regions around the world. 5G will compete with traditional cable and DSL broadband ISP services and win. This means new revenue for wireless service providers.

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Edge Computing / IOT

5G's capability to manage 100 times the number of mobile devices coupled with 5G's low latency of 1ms will enable a multitude of IoT use cases from smart appliances in the home to drones to autonomous vehicles. The new devices and the consumers who use them will open the door to new business models and revenue for service providers.

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Video Delivery

5G's high speeds and low latency will enable streaming video at a scale that would have been unimaginable in a 4G world. 5G will support massive live streaming events and new streaming use cases, such as 8K video.

Monetizing 5G

5G MEC transforms content delivery, allowing mobile operators to create a highly sought after network footprint that surpasses the reach and scale of traditional CDNs, creating a better value proposition, increased market share and more revenue.

Will you exploit first mover advantage by preparing your network now?

There are a number of current and emerging use cases for 5G MEC representing enormous revenue potential.

5G MEC Monetization Use Cases

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VR/AR

The market for virtual and augmented reality equipment and services will grow to $144B by 2027. Major players like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Samsung are investing heavily in the VR/AR ecosystem and user experience. VR promises to be one of the great use cases for monetizing 5G.

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Content Delivery

5G will drive $1.3 trillion in new revenues in media and entertainment by 2028 according to an October 2018 study by Ovum and Intel. This means a transformation in the content delivery ecosystem and an extraordinary opportunity to monetize 5G networks around the world.

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Connected Cars

The market for connected car products and services will reach $153B by 2025 with a growth rate of 33.4%. These services range from media delivery to cloud processing of diagnostics to fleet tracking to remote driving. Many of these ‘vehicle to x’ use cases require 5G network performance to run and scale effectively.

MEC - Outcomes for Mobile Service Providers

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Optimized Content Delivery

By delivering video from within the mobile network RAN, overall latency is reduced and video throughput is increased, enabling delivery of higher resolution streams to today's and tomorrow's increasingly high resolution mobile devices.

Superior Network Utilization

5G MEC-based open caching and content delivery combine to shorten the video delivery path, reduce latency and overcome inherent mobile network issues to increase the overall network utilization, tapping the network’s true potential.

Infrastructure Savings

Operators can achieve substantial CAPEX and OPEX savings by drastically reducing the amount of backhaul infrastructure investment needed to support the rapid growth in bandwidth demand. By leveraging open caching at the 5G RAN MEC for content delivery, service providers can enable new services, business models and revenue.

Ultimate QOE

Operators can ensure a quality, immersive experience every time by delivering video from the true mobile edge. With an open caching solution, high-quality video is always delivered in the original content provider fidelity, without buffering, lengthy download times, or control response delays.

Mobile Video Continues to Grow at Astonishing Rates

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Source: Ovum / Intel Study October 2018

MEC Going to Work in Mobile Networks - vCDN with Qwilt's Open Edge Cloud

Qwilt’s Virtual Content Delivery Network (vCDN) leverages 5G MEC architecture to optimize delivery and improve QoE for content served at the edge. By offloading content through open caching at the true mobile edge, MEC-based vCDN reduces network capital and operational expense, while opening up new business models and revenue opportunities.

MEC-Based vCDN Solutions with Qwilt Open Edge Cloud

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Qwilt Cloud (QC)

Qwilt Cloud (QC) runs the control plane for the Qwilt Open Edge Cloud solution. It handles request routing and delegation of delivery to the Qwilt Node (QN) closest to the end user device. QC also manages aggregation of reporting, logging and analytics from all deployed QNs in service provider networks.

Qwilt Nodes (QN)

Qwilt Nodes (QN) are deployed in the 5G MEC RAN. The QN is software running on commodity hardware. The QN can be run as a virtualized instance or on bare metal within the 5G MEC environment. QNs are able to manage a wide set of content delivery use cases within the mobile network.

Cloud APIS

Qwilt’s Cloud APIs are managed by QC and based on specifications defined and approved by the Streaming Video Alliance. The cloud APIs allow the QNs to take delegation from QC and report delivery results and other analytics. The cloud APIs also allow third party content providers access to QC’s control plan to handle delivery requests.

Content Delivery Use Cases

Qwilt’s vCDN solution supports a wide range of content delivery use cases for both service provider managed content and third party OTT content. These use cases include VoD, live streaming, software downloads, open caching, transparent caching, HTTP and HTTPS.

Open Caching and the Streaming Video Alliance

Qwilt’s vCDN utilizes open caching technology based on Streaming Video Alliance specifications.

Qwilt is a Founding Member and holds Board Member and Open Caching Working Group Chair positions.  

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MEC Partner Spotlight

Qwilt’s vCDN combined with Athonet’s MEC technology, allows millions of subscribers to watch concurrent streams while maintaining a high quality of experience and optimizing network operator RAN resources.

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