AT&T announced that it will embrace edge computing in its 5G network, in the form of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC – previously referred to as Mobile Edge Computing). MEC brings cloud computing from the network core, at the data centers, to the network ‘edge,’ at the central offices, cell towers and small cells. AT&T will equip its edge locations with graphic processing chips and computers to handle and process the massive amounts of data that both industrial and consumer Internet of Things (IoT) applications will generate. 5G MEC will provide latencies lower than 10ms and even as low as 1ms that allow near instant data processing and analytics, compared to the average 79ms latency today’s LTE networks offer.
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