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5G and Mobile Edge Computing: Low Latency to Drive New Experiences

By Dick Weisinger

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and 5G technology will team up to create mobile user experiences with low latency and high bandwidth.

Dan Picker, CTO of Inseego, said that “the 5G air interface is so low latency that operators are able to look at it almost like a wire. Suddenly, it makes a difference to put compute at the 5G edge rather than in the cloud. 5G has made it the right time to build the compute resources at the edge.”

From: TechSci Research Report on Global Mobile Edge Computing

Brian Lavallée, the senior director of portfolio marketing for Ciena’s 5G, said that “you’re looking at latency down to 1 ms, which is extremely fast, even for gamers. That’s a really, really low latency.”

Low latency will drive new applications and digital experiences that include:

  • Streaming – reduced latency, increased resolution. A better experience.
  • Content creation – easier to share professional quality video
  • Remote Work – Increased productivity and collaboration
  • Gaming – mobile apps will soon match console and PC quality
  • Smart Cities – Sensors will be collecting infrastructure, traffic, environmental and other data
  • Smart Homes – Connected homes with speakers, security, cameras, lighting, thermostats and appliances
  • Public Safety – Real-time intelligence reporting and critical updates for first responders and emergency crews
  • Entertainment – virtual engagement livestreaming and holograms for games, music, and drama
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