Verizon engineers used Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) equipment and MEC platform software on a live 5G network that slashed network latency in half. Latency remains one of the most challenging aspects of 5G networkdeployments that are looking to power latency-sensitive use cases like autonomous vehicles and telemedicine.
The test took place at Verizon's 5G test bed in Houston. Company engineers installed the equipment and software at a network facility closer to the network edge, which reduced the physical distance data needed to travel between a wireless device and the compute infrastructure. It also relied on the carrier's Intelligent Edge Network architecture.
Adam Koeppe, senior vice president of network planning for Verizon, explained that the MEC equipment and software was internally derived and not specific to any of the dozens of "MEC"-related edge computing platforms in the market.
"This is an element of our Intelligent Edge Network and not just software defined or virtual network functions out to the cloud," Koeppe said. "It's really a capability that allows us to go after 5G use cases but also use cases outside of 5G."