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Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)

MEC - Applications at the network edge

The Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) platform can rapidly process content at the very edge of the mobile network, delivering an experience that is ultra-responsive as latency is significantly reduced. Multi-access Edge Computing now takes full advantage of the telco cloud, enabling new possibilities to serve the operator’s radio network and to co-exist with our other Virtualized Network Functions.

As a software function, it delivers flexibility, scalability and efficiency to multiple base station sites using existing interfaces and innovative Ethernet-based fronthaul.

Nokia is one of the founding members of the Multi-access Edge Computing ETSI Industry Specification Group, which now has over thirty participating members driving standardization and fostering an open environment around IT and cloud-computing capabilities within the radio access network. Through MEC, Nokia will drive differentiated services and new applications with an open architecture and standardized interfaces. Read how Zone applications can amplify visitor experience, enhance venue operations and increase revenue.

Virtualized MEC: MEC platform evolution to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers

Virtualized Multi-access Edge Computing (vMEC) is a software-only solution that can be deployed on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, making it easy to integrate with existing IT infrastructure.

MEC processes data close to where it is generated and consumed. This enables the network to deliver the ultra-low latency required by business-critical applications and to support interactive user experiences in busy venues. By processing data locally, MEC applications can also significantly reduce data transfer costs. vMEC software components can be purchased by subscription to greatly reduce your upfront investment and business risk.

Nokia Multi-access Edge computing for venues

Nokia Multi-access Edge computing for enterprises

Enterprise use case

The combination of Nokia MEC and Amazon Web Services Greengrass distributed cloud capabilities will bring significant advantages to the Industrial IoT ecosystem – to IoT sensors, devices and application developers. Latency-sensitive applications are enabled. The reliability of continuous operations increases when they are not impacted by a temporary loss of connections to the central cloud. The need for data storage in the cloud decreases, and bandwidth costs go down.

Connected cars – use case for Multi-access Edge Computing

Millions of people are injured in traffic accidents every year. In 90% of these incidents, the cause is human error. Connected cars can improve road safety, but they need ultra-low latency for communications.

Nokia and its partners demonstrated for the first time in the world in an operator’s live LTE network how Multi-access Edge Computing can be used for car to car and for car to infrastructure communications. Vehicles connected via the distributed cloudlets based on the Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing platform receive information such as warnings from other vehicles almost in real time, which is particularly important for traffic safety applications. MEC is an enabler for optimized infrastructure investments and the first step towards 5G and autonomous driving.


  • Real-time: Lowest robust application latency end-to-end
  • Interactive: Maximum transaction rate between device and local ‘cloudlet’ for optimal compute results
  • Secure: Local communications to private networks for performance, privacy, and security
  • Analytical: Real-time insights from data at the point of capture, minimum cloud ingress bandwidth
  • Distributed: Rapid introduction of network and other functions in the RAN, dynamic filtering rules


Multi-access Edge Computing can be deployed on any wireless network infrastructure, be it cellular or Wi-Fi, or a combination of both.