ETSI outlines path for harmonizing MEC and 3GPP edge computing standards

ETSI outlines path for harmonizing MEC and 3GPP edge computing standards

ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group and the 3GPP SA WG6 have published a new white paper which aims to harmonize standards for edge computing. The white paper highlights the role of standards for edge when edge computing is deployed in conjunction with mobile networks and also reviews leading industry efforts and introduces a synergized architecture which leverages the ETSI ISG MEC and 3GPP specifications.

The paper highlights the value proposition of different standards streams and how those standards may be combined when it comes to deployments, and discusses some deployment options.

With the edge cloud ecosystem still being developed, and the rapid expansion of edge-related industry initiatives with duplicated solutions, the authors stress that in order to accelerate time-to-market and promote industry adoption, it is essential to ensure alignment, leverage synergies and offer common practices and tools for the developers. This will help to simplify innovation co-creation with agile, plug-and-play value integration and accelerate time-to-market, promoting industry adoption for edge computing.

ETSI MEC recently released a new specification to extend network information services to the world of WiFi and thus squarely into enterprises, adding a Group Specification to the 36 published since the inception of the ISG. The announcement notes that MEC is well positioned to satisfy the needs of the GSMA Operator Platform as well as the Future Networks Cloud Native Platform as being specified in NGMN and help monetizing the operator’s network using MEC APIs; MEC is flexible and can be extended to fill gaps if identified and as needed.

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