It was mid 2013 when we published one of the first visionary papers on EdgeCloud, in the IEEE Communications Magazine.
After six years, MEC/EdgeCloud indefinitely under the spot in industry, worldwide. In fact, MEC/EdgeCloud is expected to play a key strategic role in this Digital Transformation towards 5G.
There are evidences that, today, Network and Service Providers are exploring different strategies for MEC/Edge Cloud introduction and exploitation, mainly (but not only) motivated by the potential opportunities for: (i) saving costs in the Digital Transformation of the network and service infrastructures; (ii) generating new revenues, e.g., by improving performance of current services and enabling new ones, with the related business models.
These topics are addressed by several standardization bodies and fora.
A non- exhaustive list includes:
Telecom Infra Project (WGs on Edge Computing)
Open Edge Computing
In general, the overall standardization picture is rather fragmented but these bodies are addressing MEC/Edge from different perspectives (they are not fully overlapping) and there is a common awareness that global interoperability is a “must” for enabling new services ecosystems.
This means that Industry need to align on open and common APIs capable to ease Service and Apps Developers: in fact, this is crucial to promotes innovation and accelerates development by Third Parties applications and services, capable of enabling Network and Service Providers to capitalize on their investments on EdgeCloud.