Nokia Networks said it has collaborated with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). It said the ISG for MEC would be announced formally during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Dusseldorf in Germany, taking place from 14-17 October.
Vodafone, IBM, Intel, NTT Docomo and Huawei are supporting the initiative, which will enable the creation of industry specifications for MEC and accelerate the development of mobile edge applications across the industry. With an open and standardised environment, operators can rapidly deploy applications and services to mobile subscribers, enterprises and other vertical segments. One example for the vertical market is the Connected Car, where Nokia Networks recently demonstrated its Liquid Applications with T-Mobile US for low latency vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) services.
The initiative will focus on open architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs) for value creation in mobile multi-vendor environments for a range of computing platforms, including Nokia Liquid Applications.
Liquid Applications already has the ability to host third party applications, allowing for the rapid deployment of new services and the optimisation of service delivery from the mobile edge. Residing within the base station, Nokia Liquid Applications provides ultra-low latency and high throughput as well as direct access to real-time radio network information that can be used to offer unique applications.