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Multi-access edge computing (formerly known as mobile edge computing) creates a cloud-computing environment at the network edge, enabling the delivery of new services for consumers, enterprises, and industry verticals.


  • Service providers, equipment vendors, and new players are exploring the market for MEC with trials and PoCs, but alternative approaches such as OpenFog are competing for the edge network space.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain an understanding of MEC and alternative network architectures that move processing, storage, and management closer to the network edge.
  • Explore the conceptual and technical challenges of providing low-latency, on-demand, and optimized services at the network edge.

Key questions answered

  • What are the options being proposed for multi-access edge computing and how do they differ from one another?
  • Who are the key parties and players engaged in the definition, standardization, and implementation of multi-access edge computing technology?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

The case for MEC

  • Distributed cloud model enables localized service creation
  • Implications for network design, deployment, and costs

MEC trials and early deployments

  • CSP trials and PoCs

ETSI MEC, OpenFog, and other industry initiatives

  • Choice will be between cooperation or fragmentation
  • ETSI MEC Group
  • OpenFog Consortium
  • Open Edge Computing initiative
  • Telecom Infra Project

Edge computing strategies of the major vendors

  • Emphasis on new market opportunities, trials, and PoCs
  • Commercial deployments will be the test for MEC


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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