If there’s one thing that everyone in the wireless industry agrees on, it’s that edge computing is a thing.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a thing,” said Igal Elbaz, AT&T’s SVP of wireless network architecture and design. “Now it’s a question of timing, of deployment, of getting people engaged, and shaping the use cases and the development and optimization. But it’s a thing.”
So what’s driving all this interest? It’s relatively simple, really: People are using increasingly complex data services like Siri, Alexa and virtual reality. An edge computing design – where queries are processed in a data center geographically closer to an end user—can make those communications go faster by lowering the network latency.