Designing and Deploying Mobile Edge Computing

Exploring Opportunities, Radio Access and Transport Network Requirements, Benefits, and Trade-offs

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November 9-10, 2015


Double Tree by Hilton

San Jose, CA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Infrastructure Thrust, mmWave Thrust or Full IWPC Members


This workshop will consider when and where Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC) would fit within network operators mobile broadband deployment strategies. We will assess use-cases and the global market opportunity for MEC, while considering benefits, trade-offs and the impact on legacy networks and evolving network architectures.

Questions to be answered

  • Can MEC really deliver ultra-low latency, high bandwidth and real-time access to radio network information which can be leveraged by local applications?
  • Will deployment of various services and caching content at the network edge alleviate congestion of the network core and efficiently serve local demand?
  • Can data security at the edge of the network be assured?
  • Will new MEC industry standards be required?
  • How can deployment of MEC platforms provide service differentiation and new revenue streams for operators, vendors and third-parties?
  • How can MEC support emerging use-cases including:
    • video analytics
    • location services
    • internet of things
    • augmented reality
    • critical communications





Day 1

November 9


07:30 AM


Registration and Breakfast


08:30 AM



09:00 AM


Pre-Workshop Keynote

Edge computing is a new paradigm in which the resources of a small data center are placed at the edge of the Internet, in close proximity to mobile devices, sensors, and end users. Terms such as "cloudlets," "micro data centers," "fog," and "mobile edge cloud" have been used in the literature to refer to edge-located data centers.


Located just one wireless hop away from associated mobile devices, they offer ideal placement for low-latency offload infrastructure to support emerging applications. They are optimal sites for aggregating, analyzing, and distilling bandwidth-hungry sensor data from devices such as video cameras. In the Internet of Things, they offer a natural vantage point for organizational access control, privacy, administrative autonomy, and responsive analytics. In vehicular systems, they mark the junction between the well-connected inner world of a moving vehicle, and its tenuous reach into the cloud.


Uniquely enabled by edge computing is a new class of applications that provide wearable cognitive assistance. We will examine the opportunities and challenges of edge computing, with emphasis on the value proposition of edge-enabled mobile applications.  

Creating Value at the Edge


Mobile Computing Pioneer & Group Professor of

Computer Science


Over a multi-decade career, our keynote speaker has pioneered advances in distributed systems, mobile computing, pervasive computing, and the Internet of Things. His seminal 2009 publication “The Case for VM-based Cloudlets in Mobile Computing” inspired many technical efforts worldwide at the intersection of mobile computing and cloud computing, and has led to the emergence of Edge Computing  


10:00 AM


Networking Break


10:40 AM


Host Keynote

  • Objectives for the workshop  

Can EDGE Computing Deliver Network Transformation


 Director, Wireless Access Strategy & Technology


11:20 AM


Mobile Operator Perspectives

  • Trends, Use-cases and Drivers
  • If Mobile Operators open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorized third-parties, will innovative applications and services for mobile subscribers, enterprises and vertical segments be deployed more rapidly?
  • How can service providers deliver personalized services, better performance and a better user experience?
  • How will MEC deliver enhanced interaction for business with consumers and secured enablement on consumer devices?
  • Can MEC drive IoT through the enablement of connectivity between sensors, machines and other devices?
  • How will MEC support growth in mobile traffic, driven by smart devices, HD video/audio, enterprise business process extension, vertical industries, IoT and wireless sensors?
  • What impact does IT and Telecommunication networking convergence have on MEC?
  • How can MEC provide an environment for Innovation and value creation?
  • How can service providers deliver improved customer experience, through improved responsiveness from the application and content servers?
  • How can carriers benefit from meshing applications with accurate location information even without GPS coverage?
  • What services can be enabled by shorter latency times?
    • automotive, industry automation and other IoT services
  • How can wireless access performance ensure optimal delivery towards the end-user?
  • What value can the MEC platform will bring towards the application eco-system?
  • Considering the impact of MEC towards:
    • Consumer-oriented Services
    • Internet of Thing (IoT) Services
    • Operator Services
    • Third-party Services
    • Network-performance Services
  • Mobile Edge Computing and Cloud RAN - Which comes first?
  • Mobile Edge Computing - is there a business case without traditional base station or Cloud-RAN?
  • MEC/Cloud-RAN challenges and opportunities
  • Mobile Edge Computing and how it impacts eRAN architecture plans
  • MEC concepts and drivers
  • Use Cases, Requirements, Key Drivers, Operator Expectations, Business Cases
  • How do operators maintain real time requirements and minimize cost?

Mobile CORD Use Case













ONOS Sponsors include:





12:30 PM


Networking Lunch  


1:30 PM  

OEM and Vendor Perspectives

  • What is Mobile Edge Computing?
  • Understanding how Mobile-edge Computing offers IT service environment and cloud-computing capabilities within the Radio Access Network (RAN), in close proximity to mobile subscribers
  • How can the RAN edge offer:
    • a service environment with ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth, proximity
    • Exposure to real-time radio network and context information
  • Can Mobile-edge Computing allow content, services and applications to be accelerated?
  • How can context related services be enhanced through increasing responsiveness from the edge?
  • Assessing the characterization of MEC:
    • Proximity
    • Ultra-low latency
    • High bandwidth
    • Real-time access to radio network information
    • Location awareness
  • Use Cases deployment challenges and plan
  • What are the practical use cases for MEC?
  • What is the implication of MEC for 3GPP standards?
  • What is the impact of MEC on fronthaul techniques and standards?
  • Applications that will drive mobile-edge computing both in a traditional architecture and a Cloud RAN architecture.
  • Technical differences and corresponding challenges in supporting MEC in a traditional architecture and a Cloud RAN architecture.
  • Applications that are best candidates for mobile service provides to move closer to subscribers.
  • IoT applications that could be enabled by Mobile Edge Computing
  • How Enterprises could benefit from Mobile Edge Computing
  • How are US mobile operators progressing with this network topology?
  • Can operators use their switch offices as C-RAN head ends?

Enabling Augmented-Reality Based Applications over LTE Networks


Senior Associate Researcher 


What is MEC and Why Will it be in Every Mobile Network Architecture?





Proving the Concept of Mobile EDGE Computing


Business Development Manager 







3:30 PM


Networking Break  


4:10 PM


OEM and Vendor Perspectives (continued)

  • What is MEC and why will it be in every mobile network architecture?
  • Will it deliver RTT improvement?
  • Architecture and framework of NFV
  • Small Cells with MEC – ACS’ Smart Perimeter
  • How are Macro and Small Cells differentiated?
  • Voice, local breakout and other use cases
  • Local cities and metro video
  • Retail location based ads
  • DNS, Cache, CDN, and VoLTE  

EDGE - The Enabler to IoT


Senior Director






4:50 PM  

Panel Session

  • Considering key findings from the day


Mobile Operators and Network OEM's






5:30 PM



7:00 PM


Networking Dinner Sponsored by:

LaForet Restaurant  


Day 2

November 10


8:00 AM


Networking Breakfast  


9:00 AM


OEM and Vendor Perspectives (continued)

  • Standardization progress at ETSI
  • Assessing the ETSI MEC ISG, work plan in terms of: Terminology, Service Scenarios, Technical Requirements (including use cases and their benefits), Proof of Concept Framework which will lead to a Framework and Reference Architecture.
  • Considering maximum bitrates and distance parameters for fiber optic front haul links in MEC, Cloud and Centralized RAN
  • Approaches for standardization of the needed MEC frameworks
    • Can lessons be learned from the mobile app market (Android, Apple, Windows) to help the case of the base station app market (MEC)?
  • Exploring MEC and Cloud RAN Proof-of-concept opportunities
    • Ecosystem enablement
    • Market sizing

Air-Interface and Infrastructure Considerations for MEC


 Senior Systems Engineer




RAN As-A-Platform  

Operationalizing MEC  



Director, Product Management

10:20 AM


Networking Break  


11:00 AM


Technology Drivers and Enablers

  • What testing challenges need to be considered above and beyond verifying physical layer connectivity?
  • Role of MEC and how's it's addressing the challenges associated with caching at the edge which has been tried many times
  • Specifications on front haul (latency, jitter) for MEC
  • Cloud RAN architectures in 4G and 5G
  • Deployment Cases and Current Challenges
  • MEC and its implications on the RAN architecture
  • What new requirements MEC will add to the Fronthaul (use of a fiber network, sensitivity to power loss, impairments?
  • Applicability of MEC and Cloud RAN in US
  • limitations and possible solutions on deployability of MEC
  • Market Trend and sizing of Mobile Edge Computing and Cloud RAN
  • Advantages and Challenges of Mobile Edge Computing
  • Advantages and Challenges of CloudRAN
  • Current deployment status of Mobile Edge Computing and Cloud RAN
  • What are assumptions on CA and MIMO in UE devices?
  • Is there any measureable shift to the ratio of UL/DL traffic?
  • Is there quantifiable impact to cell edge based on operator locations that compels higher transmit power requirements for UE?

NFV Cloud RAN as the Ideal Platform for MEC  


 Product Line Director









12:20 PM


Networking Lunch  


1:20 PM


Technology Drivers and Enablers (continued)

  • Assessing benefits and challenges in architectural shift as CRAN and MEC markets emerge
  • Case studies – sharing experience in creating solutions addressing these markets

Enhancing Video Delivery via MEC  


 Senior Standardization Manager



Overview of CRAN and MEC Markets & Technology Trends  


 Wireless Bus. Mktng. Mgr.




ETSI MEC Industry Specification Group (ISG) Status and Plans  


 Technical Market Engineer


3:20 PM


Networking Break  


4:00 PM

Closing Panel

Host, Invited Carriers, and OEM's

5:00 PM



7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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