Finding your edge

Finding your edge

by Monica Paolini

A simple way to think about edge computing in wireless is as a way to take functions, content, and processing closer to the subscriber, and to improve quality of experience by reducing latency and improving the use of network resources.

That is sufficient to make a case for edge computing as growth in real-time traffic continues and as enterprises want to deploy services and applications that are local to their sites. Yet, edge computing has progressively acquired a larger scope and promises to have a deeper impact on wireless networks.

Edge computing, alongside network slicing and virtualization, lays the foundation for a new way to plan for and leverage the topology of the core network, in which the location of network functionality is strategically central to determine performance and quality of experience, as well as costs.

With edge computing, location becomes supreme—at the edge or at the center. Operators have the freedom to choose where things go, and can extract performance and cost benefits if they choose wisely.