The primary goal of multi-access edge computing is to reduce network congestion and improve application performance by achieving related task processing closer to the user.
Current mobile broadband architecture with centralized packet switching unnecessarily overloads transmission networks and centralized packet switching functions with the increasingly demanding traffic loads generated by today’s multimedia applications.
MEC distributes packet switching functions to the edge of the network, to hub sites or even to base station sites depending on the use case. It reduces load on centralized packet switching gateways and allows high bandwidth networks to be built at a lower cost and with greater quality.
MEC negates the latency associated with back haul to the cloud by conducting a portion of the storage, data transfer, and computing at the network “edge”. In doing so it enables a wide variety of applications, where every millisecond counts resulting in: