MEC as Key to Delivering 5G Embedded Services

As we move closer to the 5G implementation, telecom service providers have two options: non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) 5G networks.

With NSAs, service providers can build on top of their existing 4G architecture. By leveraging their infrastructure, they will be able to roll out high-speed connectivity to users with 5G devices. This is a great solution that will work well for an average user.

But, when we talk about enterprise-level applications, SA networks are the way to go. A key component of a reliable SA 5G network that delivers embedded services is definitely multi-access edge computing (MEC).

Benefits of SA 5G Networks for Enterprise-Level Applications

The true potential of 5G goes far beyond higher speeds. SA 5G networks offer support for the development of enterprise services such as smart cities, smart factories, or smart hospitals. Such networks are fully virtualized and include new radio access and transport networks, as well as new edge networks suitable for 5G.

With SA 5Gs, telecom service providers unlock new use-cases and accelerate revenue streams, as 5G changes the business model and brings more focus on enterprises.

Unlike before, service providers can now design these SA networks to fit the needs of their enterprise clients. That includes advanced backend architecture and embedded services that deliver the true potential of 5G.

What are embedded network services?

Embedded services rely on the technological abilities of the 5G network. Service providers can use them to deliver better and more reliable bandwidth, low latency, and stronger security. In the SA network, 5G can reach up to 50 Gbit/s speeds, which is where these services truly shine.

And what about the use-cases? When we think of 5G potentials, we think of smart cities, autonomous vehicles, closed-loop smart factories, IoT, or remote surgery. All these applications will have to be built within the SA 5G environment.

But, if we are to see functionality and reliability in these enterprise use-cases, we mustn’t forget the importance of developing reliable MEC systems.

The True Guarantee of High-Quality Embedded Services

Enterprises stand to boost their production and revenue through the use of SA 5G networks, but there has to be some guarantee as to the QoS. Guaranteed speed and low latency sound great to an average user, but to a smart hospital or in the automotive industry, they become a question of life and death.

This is why it’s so essential to monitor and control the network from the edge. MEC platforms allow for easy deployment of local monitoring and analytics in real-time. With continuous actionable insights, service providers and enterprises can be certain that the embedded services work as promised.

Real-time visibility of SA network performance is crucial in many of the abovementioned use-cases. MEC platforms, therefore, need to have built-in APIs that allow real-time monitoring and reporting.

Our Saguna vEdge+ solution, among other developer API’s, also provides these real-time APIs for measuring available bandwidth per connected user device and round-trip-time RTT between each device and the edge/cloud application it’s connected to.

Thus, the management and monitoring of SA 5G network performance are localized at the edge of the network and guaranteed on a continuous, real-time basis.

Saguna is a pioneer in edge cloud computing . Contact us today to find out more.


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