Currently, less than 10% of IT infrastructure is deployed at the edge. By 2023, more than half of all new enterprise IT infrastructure will be deployed there.
"There's a lot of work going on in edge," Iain Gillott, president of analyst firm iGR, told RCRWireless News. "It doesn't get the attention that 5G does, because 5G kind of sucks all the oxygen out of the room. But people have been working diligently on it."
MEC can also leverage 4G networks. It will still work fine with 4G once 5G is up and running. Some edge computing systems won't depend on network evolution at all, meaning you could continue to use your 4G edge computing systems as you pace your transition to 5G. So where does edge computing work with 5G?
An edge computing-5G combination works in ways that make the upgrade worthwhile. Because sensors can process data faster, AI and machine learning become more effective. And because 5G allows for more connections to run simultaneously, data generation and with this data near real time analytical insights can be leveraged to help increase operational efficiencies.