SoftBank Group’s investments in metaverse and Web3 companies have garnered a lot of attention, but its Softbank telecom arm isn’t behind in new technology that would help edge computing applications. SoftBank has opened a 5G multi-access edge computing site in Japan and has started a nationwide deployment of 5G MEC servers for the digital transformation of various enterprises and realizing Digital Twin.
SoftBank 5G MEC platform provides a low-latency and high-quality network leveraging its 5G stand-alone services that began rolling out in October 2021. Traditionally, the user accessed an application using a communication path that was far away from the user’s device, the company explains. Still, with SoftBank 5G MEC, the customer can experience the high-speed deployment of applications within the 5G standalone networks that reduce application server access time.
“The compatibility of 5G MEC with SRv6 MUP and network slicing and its automation of operation features make it unique across the industry. With our partners, we’ll develop a multi-industry ecosystem to become a complete digital platform provider by harnessing the capabilities of our 5G MEC solution,” said Keiichi Makizono, SoftBank Corp. SVP and CIO.
SoftBank says that its commercial SRv6 Mobile User Plane (MUP) technology enables easy deployment of 5G technologies, including MEC, at a lower cost with a simple architecture. Software such as the SRv6 Flex-Algo is also integrated in order to provide virtual networks to individual customer service requirements.
SoftBank 5G MEC platform supports a Kubernetes-based container application environment which is a commonly used technology for enterprise edge computing use cases at scale. The 5G MEC platform automates the complete application deployment process to enable reduced complexity for application developers and application providers.
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