Big changes are coming for 5G edge computing

According to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research, telecom network operator spending on MEC (multi-access edge computing) will increase from $2.7 billion in 2020 to $8.3 billion in 2025. You read that right: Spending will almost triple within the next four years.

MEC (formerly known as mobile edge computing) is a communications approach that enables cloud computing capabilities at the edge of a cellular network, or really any network. 

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As the emerging 5G (fifth generation) network systems continue to roll out during the next few years, mobile service providers will invest heavily to upgrade their communications network capacities and IT systems infrastructure to support the growth in data consumption and production generated by emerging 5G network-coupled applications.

The next-generation devices, which are functional access points, routers, base stations, and other network access entities, will finally allow the exploding quantities of IoT (Internet of Things) devices (home technology, connected vehicles, and of course mobile devices) to satisfy their increasing bandwidth requirements.

As a side benefit, we should also see more access for geographical areas currently designated as “bandwidth deserts” since they don’t support high-speed Internet. Today’s lack of educational and job opportunities in those areas due to technology limitations will disappear. 

These next-generation devices will play a vital role in managing the vast quantities of IoT-data generated by connected vehicles, smart city systems, and other emerging data-intensive services. 

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