Bridge Alliance’s Global MEC Task Force convened for the first time from 13 to 15 January in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss cooperation in 5G multi-access edge computing (MEC). The task force, which consists of Bridge Alliance members including SK Telecom, Singtel, Globe, Taiwan Mobile, HKT and PCCW Global, aims to develop a 5G MEC ecosystem within Asia.
SK Telecom was the host of the task force meeting, and introduced its 5G strategies, 5G MEC-based use cases including smart factory, and 5G clusters including the ‘League of Legends (LoL) Park.’ To establish a successful MEC ecosystem, the task force also discussed regional use cases of Edge Computing that capitalizes on sizeable monetary opportunities.
“As the role of telecommunications companies is expanding beyond simply providing mobile connectivity to offering new values based on infrastructure, Bridge Alliance believes that this cooperation will serve as a key driver for realizing win-win business opportunities to all members,” said Ong Geok Chwee, CEO of Bridge Alliance.
MEC is being highlighted as a key technology that can improve the performance of ultra-low latency services such as cloud gaming, smart factory and autonomous driving by creating a shortcut for mobile data communications.
Moving forward, the task force will also aim to understand the value chain, the partners involved, examine different business model options, and collaborate on setting international MEC standards to build an interoperable MEC platform.
“As the global 5G pioneer, SK Telecom is committed to contribute to the expansion/advancement of the global 5G ecosystem. SK Telecom will work closely with Bridge Alliance Member Operators to help accelerate their progress in 5G and MEC, and create a pan-Asian 5G MEC ecosystem,” said Lee Kang-won, Vice President and Head of Cloud Labs of SK Telecom.