The list of potential use cases for mobile edge computing (MEC) is already long and growing by the day. The question for many organizations is not whether to begin using this technology, but whether to do so using public or private networks. This choice, private MEC vs. public MEC, will be influenced by a number of factors including performance, latency, use case, security, control and the data sovereignty they require.
What is MEC?
Mobile edge computing (MEC), also known as multi-access edge computing, brings critical computing resources such as processing power and storage closer to end users, devices and applications—at the edge, instead of having to travel to and from a distant data center or cloud.
While MEC can be utilized on 4G LTE or 5G networks, access to remote servers could be more efficient with 5G.
Other benefits of MEC include the potential for:
- Ultra-low latency
- Improved security
- Lowered energy and battery demand in Internet of Things (IoT) devices
- Increased cost efficiencies due to reduced transmission through the cloud
- Increased ability to scale efficiently and quickly
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