Multi-access Edge Computing


Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) offers application developers and content providers cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the network. This environment is characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth as well as real-time access to radio network information that can be leveraged by applications.

MEC provides a new ecosystem and value chain. Operators can open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorized third-parties, allowing them to flexibly and rapidly deploy innovative applications and services towards mobile subscribers, enterprises and vertical segments.

Strategic relevance of MEC

MEC is a natural development in the evolution of mobile base stations and the convergence of IT and telecommunications networking. Multi-access Edge Computing will enable new vertical business segments and services for consumers and enterprise customers. Use cases include:

  • video analytics
  • location services
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • augmented reality
  • optimized local content distribution and
  • data caching

It uniquely allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions. By deploying various services and caching content at the network edge, Mobile core networks are alleviated of further congestion and can efficiently serve local purposes.

MEC industry standards and deployment of MEC platforms will act as enablers for new revenue streams to operators, vendors and third-parties. Differentiation will be enabled through the unique applications deployed in the Edge Cloud.

Our Role & Activities

The Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) initiative is an Industry Specification Group (ISG) within ETSI. The purpose of the ISG is to create a standardized, open environment which will allow the efficient and seamless integration of applications from vendors, service providers, and third-parties across multi-vendor Mobile-edge Computing platforms.

The initiative aims to benefit a number of entities within the value chain, including mobile operators, application developers, Over the Top (OTT) players, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), telecom equipment vendors, IT platform vendors, system integrators, and technology providers; all of these parties are interested in delivering services based on Multi-access Edge Computing concepts.

The work of the MEC initiative aims to unite the telco and IT-cloud worlds, providing IT and cloud-computing capabilities within the RAN (Radio Access Network). The MEC ISG will specify the elements that are required to enable applications to be hosted in a multi-vendor mobile-edge computing environment.

MEC will enable applications and services to be hosted ‘on top’ of the mobile network elements, i.e. above the network layer. These applications and services can benefit from being in close proximity to the customer and from receiving local radio-network contextual information.

Call for active participation

The various players in the value chain are invited to actively participate in the ISG and to contribute to the development of the specifications based on industry consensus. This is important, since it will ensure that the stakeholders are represented in this newly emerging ecosystem. The participants are encouraged to share best practices and demonstrate Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) together with the benefits of the MEC use cases.


The following is a list of the latest published ETSI specifications on multi-access edge computing.

A full list of related specifications in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
GR MEC 018 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); End to End Mobility Aspects
GS MEC 010-1 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Mobile Edge Management; Part 1: System, host and platform management
GS MEC 015 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Bandwidth Management API
GS MEC 016 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); UE application interface
GS MEC 009 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); General principles for Mobile Edge Service APIs
GS MEC 010-2 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Mobile Edge Management; Part 2: Application lifecycle, rules and requirements management
GS MEC 011 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Mobile Edge Platform Application Enablement
GS MEC 012 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Radio Network Information API
GS MEC 013 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Location API
GS MEC-IEG 006 Mobile Edge Computing; Market Acceleration; MEC Metrics Best Practice and Guidelines
GS MEC 002 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Technical Requirements
GS MEC 003 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC); Framework and Reference Architecture
GS MEC 001 Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Terminology
GS MEC-IEG 004 Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC); Service Scenarios
GS MEC-IEG 005 Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC); Proof of Concept Framework


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The race is on!

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. A pleasure not only because a German guy won the race; my real excitement, in fact, came from the world’s largest deployment of Mobile Edge Computing in a live network to date.

China Mobile and Nokia, at the Shanghai International Circuit, deployed an ultra-dense network of small cells and several MEC servers for providing a 5G-like mobile broadband experience. Spectators could follow the race from different in-car, trackside, and airborne camera perspectives and dashboards, all delivered in real time into an intuitive-to-use app. MEC made a huge difference in video latency and quality, which was testified by a user survey indicating high satisfaction and willingness to pay.

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ETSI MEC well represented at 5G observatory, fog networking and MPLS+SDN+NFV world congress

I had the great pleasure to represent the MEC ISG as ETSI MEC ISG chair and to present Mobile Edge Computing at the co-located 5G Observatory and Fog Networking conferences that took place on March 8-11, 2016 in Paris. Philip Lamoureux from Juniper represented the ISG at the MPLS+SDN+NFV world congress. Both congresses were endorsed by ETSI.
The congress attracted 1500+ attendees, coming from 65 countries, with a strong presence of service providers.

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Mobile Edge Computing was notably present at the MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 was busier than ever!

And Mobile Edge Computing was notably present at the event, on a lot more stands than in previous years. This certainly reflects the fact that meanwhile more than 60 companies have joined the ETSI MEC ISG.

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Transforming the mobile-broadband experience is no longer a pipe dream

The ETSI Mobile Edge Computing Industry Specification Group opens the door to wider innovation and value creation.

What is Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)?

MEC offers IT service and cloud-computing capabilities at the edge of the mobile network in an environment that is characterized by proximity, ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. Furthermore, it provides exposure to real-time radio network and context information.

Imagine how all this can be intelligently leveraged by applications to transform the mobile-broadband experience.

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