MEC for Mobile Operators
Unlock New Experiences, New Business Models and New Revenue
High End-to-end Network Latency
A fundamental promise of 5G network technology is 1ms latency to the Internet. Without MEC, latency between end user devices and mobile content will vary greatly, and, in many cases, the end-to-end latency will be too high to support 5G apps like VR and high-bandwidth content delivery, such as 4K live streaming. MEC is essential to delivering on the 5G latency promise.
Expensive Mobile Backhaul
5G will dramatically improve the bandwidth of wireless air interfaces – however, the traditional mobile backhaul network will become even more expensive for 5G deployments. Without MEC, backhaul link limitations will restricts traffic flow and compromise user experience as 5G bandwidth is 10x to 100x greater than 4G networks.
Packet Loss and Buffer Bloat
Wireless TCP heavily suffers from timeouts, the result of multiple losses in one window. Some radio networks have unnecessarily long and variable TCP RTT even when ping times are short – these delays are caused by data building up in the buffer queues in the RAN. The result is severe performance degradation, congestion and poor QoE.
Poor Video Quality of Experience
High latency from content sites and RAN congestion during peak consumption periods result in slower downloads, delays in response, lower bit rates, and sub-par experiences for consumers. In a highly competitive industry, consumer QoE is key to subscriber retention. Without MEC, 5G network speeds will compound the poor QoE problem for service providers.
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
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.