Telefonica opens up 5G and edge offerings for startups to develop new services

Telefonica has launched a call for proposals for startups to build solutions focused around 5G and edge computing.

The initiative is part of the Wayra Activation Programme - part of Telefonica's global open innovation hub - which allows entrepreneurs free access to its technologies to test their solutions.

Startups selected will be part of the Wayra 5G/Edge Lab, a laboratory in Spain which is set to be launched 'in the coming weeks.' The laboratory will enable them to...

End-to-end network software provider Mavenir launches MEC solution

Mavenir, an end-to-end network software and systems integration provider for 4G and 5G, has launched a MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) solution.

MEC enables carriers to securely open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorised third-parties while providing the flexibility required for application and service innovation.

Applications running at the edge can use MEC to access content and real-time information under local-access network conditions.

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Verizon and AWS add Seattle and Denver to MEC rollout – and showcases another connected car customer

Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are launching their mobile edge computing (MEC) platform in Seattle and Denver, bringing the total number of cities deployed to 10.

The move, which snuck in under the radar at the very end of 2020, means Denver and Seattle join Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

The announcement cited companies with no specific link to the two newly announced cities as customers. These were...

South Korea deploys 5G MEC tech at Incheon airport to fight COVID-19

South Korea is deploying 5G MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) tech at Incheon International Airport to help fight COVID-19.

While, like many countries, COVID-19 cases have spiked in South Korea in recent days—the country is often considered as conducting one of the world’s most successful responses to the pandemic.

Incheon Airport is South Korea’s largest and the main gateway into the country. The MEC technology is being installed at both the arrival and departure halls...

Juniper Research: Edge investments by MNOs will reach $8.3B by 2025

Juniper Research predicts investments by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) will exceed $8 billion by 2025.

The analysts expect MNOs on MEC to swell from $2.7 billion in 2020 to around $8.3 billion in 2025.

In tandem with the spending increase, Juniper predicts the number of deployed MEC nodes will increase from 230,000 globally in 2020 to over two million in 2025.

Edge computing has been around in early forms since the late...

Altran’s new 5G ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ provides an edge testing ground

Altran, a subsidiary of Capgemini, has opened a new 5G lab and is offering access “as-a-Service” for testing edge solutions.

The lab is physically based in Fundão, Portugal and enables telcos, enterprises, and OEMs to test edge solutions in a controlled environment.

Hardware and software are often used from a number of different vendors in any one network. Altran’s lab helps with testing interoperability and performance between equipment alongside experienced...

Vodafone will begin its European MEC rollout in the UK

Vodafone Business has announced a new service which combines the company’s 5G network with the ultrafast response times of distributed Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology.

The company is set to open its first MEC and 5G commercial centre in London in spring 2021. The low latency zone will extend to Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, and Cardiff, as well as many towns home to tech firms along the M4 motorway corridor and parts of Wales and...

Verizon uses connected cars to demonstrate MEC and 5G capabilities

Verizon has partnered with four other firms to demonstrate how MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) and 5G is enabling the next-generation of connected cars.

“We’re already seeing today how customers are leveraging the powerful combination of Verizon 5G Edge and AWS (Amazon Web Services) Wavelength to create next-generation use case in industries ranging from transportation to healthcare,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business.

“While we’re still in the early days of...

Nokia brings ‘AI to the edge’ for an enhanced 5G experience

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has announced a new solution which brings “AI to the edge” for an enhanced 5G experience.

The AVA QoE (Quality of Experience) at the Edge service helps CSPs (Customer Service Providers) to deliver improvements by enabling automated actions which should instantly fix a customer’s issue.

The automated wizardry is achieved by deploying AI at the edge, close to the customer. Nokia says AVA QoE at the Edge brings “code to where the data...

IBM and AT&T announce their union in 5G edge computing

IBM and AT&T have announced a union to harness the opportunities presented by 5G edge computing.

"The advancements in 5G and edge are impacting every industry, bringing the promise of enhanced experiences for consumers and new revenue opportunities for businesses," said Howard Boville, SVP of IBM Hybrid Cloud.

AT&T’s Multi-Access Edge Computing will marry IBM’s new Cloud Satellite service to enhance the capabilities of both solutions.

"Together with...