Nokia Networks reveals ETSI mobile edge computing collaboration

Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Marc Rouanne, EVP of Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks

Marc Rouanne, EVP of Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks

The Finnish infrastructure company is teaming with Vodafone, IBM, Intel, NTT DoCoMo and Huawei to establish the new ETSI industry specification group. The companies will focus on creating open architectures and application programming interfaces (APIs) for mobile edge computing that will run on multiple vendors' equipment and a range of computing platforms.

Marc Rouanne, EVP of Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks, said the collaboration will "create an open multi-vendor environment at the most lucrative point within the mobile network, driving differentiated services, new applications and ultimately new revenues."

The company explained that mobile edge computing is an approach that extends processing and storage from the internet into the mobile base station at the edge of the network. The approach enables applications and services to be integrated into mobile networks and in close proximity to the place where people connect, which Nokia Networks said can boost user interactivity with local businesses and points of interest.

Nokia Networks added that an open environment will accelerate operators' deployment of mobile edge applications--the vendor cited connected cars as one example--to consumer and business customers.

Steve Price, general manager of Intel's Communications Infrastructure Division, said the agreement will help his company position "intelligent programmable platforms closer to mobile devices." He added that the collaboration will accelerate "development of mobile edge computing applications," and enable "a diverse and vibrant ecosystem to address the requirements of multiple operators."

IBM's involvement in the working group is notable. The company separately revealed its enterprise mobile management portfolio received the top score in a Forrester Research review. The portfolio scored highly in areas including architecture and scale, mobile platform support, reporting and analytics, containerization, data management and security, and app security.

For more:
- see Nokia Networks' announcement
- view this IBM release

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