MEC for Mobile Operators

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Qwilt's Open Edge Cloud:
5G MEC Content Delivery

Harnessing the unprecedented performance and speed offered by 5G and MEC, Qwilt’s cloud-connected, virtualized MEC application platform ensures you’re ready to deliver the newest, most latency-sensitive applications – today and tomorrow – at massive scale.

Whether you’re looking for near real-time delivery of live streaming video or rapid response time for critical IoT applications – Qwilt’s Open Edge Cloud delivers the best user experience.

Mobile Video Continues to Grow at Astonishing Rates

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Source: Ovum / Intel Study October 2018

Mobile Network Problems Before MEC

Common Mobile Network Problems Without Open Caching Diagram

High End-to-end Network Latency

A fundamental promise of 5G network technology is 1ms latency to the Internet. Without MEC, latency between end user devices and mobile content will vary greatly, and, in many cases, the end-to-end latency will be too high to support 5G apps like VR and high-bandwidth content delivery, such as 4K live streaming. MEC is essential to delivering on the 5G latency promise.

Expensive Mobile Backhaul

5G will dramatically improve the bandwidth of wireless air interfaces – however, the traditional mobile backhaul network will become even more expensive for 5G deployments. Without MEC, backhaul link limitations will restricts traffic flow and compromise user experience as 5G bandwidth is 10x to 100x greater than 4G networks.

Packet Loss and Buffer Bloat

Wireless TCP heavily suffers from timeouts, the result of multiple losses in one window. Some radio networks have unnecessarily long and variable TCP RTT even when ping times are short – these delays are caused by data building up in the buffer queues in the RAN. The result is severe performance degradation, congestion and poor QoE.

Poor Video Quality of Experience

High latency from content sites and RAN congestion during peak consumption periods result in slower downloads, delays in response, lower bit rates, and sub-par experiences for consumers. In a highly competitive industry, consumer QoE is key to subscriber retention. Without MEC, 5G network speeds will compound the poor QoE problem for service providers.

MEC - Outcomes for Mobile Service Providers

MEC Outcomes for mobile service providers diagram

Optimized Content Delivery

By delivering video from within the mobile network RAN, overall latency is reduced and video throughput is increased, enabling delivery of higher resolution streams to today's and tomorrow's increasingly high resolution mobile devices.

Superior Network Utilization

5G MEC-based open caching and content delivery combine to shorten the video delivery path, reduce latency and overcome inherent mobile network issues to increase the overall network utilization, tapping the network’s true potential.

Infrastructure Savings

Operators can achieve substantial CAPEX and OPEX savings by drastically reducing the amount of backhaul infrastructure investment needed to support the rapid growth in bandwidth demand. By leveraging open caching at the 5G RAN MEC for content delivery, service providers can enable new services, business models and revenue.

Ultimate QOE

Operators can ensure a quality, immersive experience every time by delivering video from the true mobile edge. With an open caching solution, high-quality video is always delivered in the original content provider fidelity, without buffering, lengthy download times, or control response delays.

MEC Going to Work in Mobile Networks - vCDN with Qwilt's Open Edge Cloud

Qwilt’s Virtual Content Delivery Network (vCDN) leverages 5G MEC architecture to optimize delivery and improve QoE for content served at the edge. By offloading content through open caching at the true mobile edge, MEC-based vCDN reduces network capital and operational expense, while opening up new business models and revenue opportunities.

MEC-Based vCDN Solutions with Qwilt Open Edge Cloud

MEC-based vCDN solutions with Qwilt Open Edge Cloud diagram

Qwilt Cloud (QC)

Qwilt Cloud (QC) runs the control plane for the Qwilt Open Edge Cloud solution. It handles request routing and delegation of delivery to the Qwilt Node (QN) closest to the end user device. QC also manages aggregation of reporting, logging and analytics from all deployed QNs in service provider networks.

Qwilt Nodes (QN)

Qwilt Nodes (QN) are deployed in the 5G MEC RAN. The QN is software running on commodity hardware. The QN can be run as a virtualized instance or on bare metal within the 5G MEC environment. QNs are able to manage a wide set of content delivery use cases within the mobile network.

Cloud APIS

Qwilt’s Cloud APIs are managed by QC and based on specifications defined and approved by the Streaming Video Alliance. The cloud APIs allow the QNs to take delegation from QC and report delivery results and other analytics. The cloud APIs also allow third party content providers access to QC’s control plan to handle delivery requests.

Content Delivery Use Cases

Qwilt’s vCDN solution supports a wide range of content delivery use cases for both service provider managed content and third party OTT content. These use cases include VoD, live streaming, software downloads, open caching, transparent caching, HTTP and HTTPS.

Open Caching and the Streaming Video Alliance

Qwilt’s vCDN utilizes open caching technology based on Streaming Video Alliance specifications.

Qwilt is a Founding Member and holds Board Member and Open Caching Working Group Chair positions.  

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Qwilt’s vCDN combined with Athonet’s MEC technology, allows millions of subscribers to watch concurrent streams while maintaining a high quality of experience and optimizing network operator RAN resources.

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