As mobile operators prepare for the advanced applications that will be delivered over 4G and increasingly over 5G, they will need to consider the network requirements for ensuring the proper delivery and experience that will accompany them.
One way to ensure they are providing the low latency and QoE requirements of these networks, is by pushing content, applications and network resources closer to the user in as part of a Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) architecture. By moving to an architecture that moves key resources in closer proximity to the user, mobile operators can quickly develop and deliver new, innovative services designed to support the new breed of applications, such as IoT and autonomous driving that will represent the next phase of growth for the industry.
By leveraging the power of a virtualized RAN, operators can transform their networks, and their business, to capitalize on this new growth opportunity for delivering new advanced services. Intelligence at the mobile edge combined with a virtualized architecture provides operators the option to deploy a software-centric intelligent base station. A virtualized architecture provides the fundamental building block for a platform capable of running the packet-processing that is required while ensuring the flexibility in deploying applications in a sandbox. Furthermore for each application deployed at the edge, the compute, memory and network resources would be different and one size would not fit all different use cases. As an example in a sensor based network, an NB-IoT application would require memory to save the state of the sensors until the next telemetric transmission.
As part of this effort, mobile operators should consider some of the key requirements for moving to a MEC architecture capable of delivering the Quality of Experience needed, some of these include:
- Low Latency
- Virtualized Management and Operations of Network Resources
- Embracing an Open Approach and Ecosystem for applications
- Adopting a Solution in line with ETSI standards for Mobile Edge Computing
The benefits to operators are better spectrum utilization, higher throughput, faster response time, lower cost of operation, faster innovation, rapid deployment of applications and increased opportunities to improve the ARPU. Altiostar’s vRAN solutions have been designed to support the move to a Mobile Edge Computing standard and are in line with all the key requirements operators will need to drive revenue growth from these exciting new service capabilities.