• Deutsche Telekom (DT) teamed up with heavyweight counterparts from Europe and Asia in a bid to develop standardised multi-access edge computing (MEC) networks and engage better with app developers.

Deutsche Telekom joins MEC partnership

Deutsche Telekom joins MEC partnership

Source: GSMA

Deutsche Telekom (DT) teamed up with heavyweight counterparts from Europe and Asia in a bid to develop standardised multi-access edge computing (MEC) networks and engage better with app developers. Creating a “federation of interconnected operators”, supporting various edge services, is the near- to medium term goal for the group, which as well as DT includes BT Group, Orange, SK Telecom, and Telefónica, among others. Complementing development of a multi-operator, edge compute architectural framework dubbed Telco Edge Cloud, the GSM Association (GSMA) is bringing to the table its newly launched Operator Platform. The platform, to be developed in 2020, is intended to make local operator assets and capabilities, such as low-latency, compute, and storage, available to app developers and software vendors. The operators said they will leverage — “as appropriate” — other existing technology solutions to broaden operators’ MEC reach. This includes MobiledgeX, an MEC platform spin-out from DT, as “platform partner and aggregator”. DT also threw its hat into the ring of another edge cloud alliance — Telecom Edge Cloud TF — aimed at speeding up the commercialisation of 5G MEC.