Multi-access Edge Computing is a new and growing market. Gartner predicts that by 2023 more than 50% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside of the data centre or cloud, up from 10% in 2019**. This is a strong indication of the mainstream adoption and use of MEC in future technologies and industries. With its MEC Portfolio, Vodafone’s Edge Innovation Programme and its customers are at the forefront of this market and innovation in Europe.
Vodafone was the first company in Europe to offer Distributed MEC services, launching to UK businesses in July 2021, and has now expanded this portfolio to include Dedicated MEC, as well as Mixed Reality and Visual Inspection services in 2022. Vodafone’s Edge Innovation has been recognised by the National Technology Awards 2022 winning the Mobile Innovation of the Year 2022
Using both Dedicated and Distributed MEC technologies, as well as Mixed Reality and Visual Inspection capabilities, the ‘Edge Innovation Programme 2.0’ will inspire the creation of innovative and futuristic services, products and applications.
Alongside Vodafone’s 5G network, MEC technology is designed to make the seemingly impossible a reality by reducing the response time of applications, smart devices and cloud services (known as latency) to as low as <20 milliseconds.
Vodafone launched its first Edge Innovation Programme in 2021, increasing market awareness and understanding of innovative technology by hosting webinars and workshops as well as running a pilot programme that resulted in multiple successful use cases. Companies included Sportable, Aurrigo, and InterDigital.
Pilot participants can apply for subsidised “try before you buy” MEC services and could also benefit from further discounts on additional services following trials and proof-of-concepts, as well as working alongside Vodafone network and technology experts to bring ideas to life.
The 2.0 programme is open to companies of all sizes, from any industry and for any use case. Register here or continue reading about how MEC has helped other businesses.
This successful first year of the Edge Innovation Programme not only increased market awareness about the game changing nature of MEC, and Vodafone’s important role within this; it also provided valuable insight about the capabilities of Distributed MEC, experience that has now been implemented to improve the service.
Look out for further articles about the use cases Vodafone has enabled in both Edge Innovation Programme 1.0 and 2.0, and what has been learnt, as we work with our customers and partners to shape the future of MEC.
*Best Network for Business: Vodafone Business won the Best Network for Business at the Mobile Industry Awards 2021, as awarded by TechRadar Pro. Details: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/business/awards
**8 Source: Gartner Top 10 Trends Impacting Infrastructure & Operations for 2020