MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona and Santa Clara, California - February 28, 2018 - Altran, a global design and engineering company, today announced innovative Multi-access Edge (MEC) developer capabilities for immersive experiences such as cloud gaming, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), and ultra-low latency industrial applications. The software enables developers to rapidly deploy carrier-grade applications on Virtual Machines (VMs) and containers that can be distributed as edge services.
Industry analysts peg the market for edge computing applications to be worth over USD 6bn by 2020. This represents a growing opportunity for over-the-top (OTT) players, equipment providers, and operators to play a role in delivering next-generation experiences and content faster with low network lags.
5G is still in a trial phase and the market for Edge technology is growing. While there is uncertainty about how much customers are willing to pay, mobile operators cannot ignore the opportunity that Edge offers. Over the last several years, Altran has been working closely with several European and US Tier 1 Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) to support global Edge initiatives.
Altran developer software development kits (SDKs) and Edge infrastructure capabilities help solve some of the toughest challenges in edge computing:
- Carrier-grade access network functions
- Cloud-native infrastructure for low-latency workloads
- Micro-services on-boarding and application certification
- GPU/FPGA/CPU acceleration of protocols and algorithms
- Security controls for decentralized and distributed micro-services
Walid Negm, Chief Technology Officer at Altran said, “We work closely with our clients to develop a competitive multi-access Edge growth strategy and then help them to engineer the best architecture to suit their needs. To get the developer community engaged, we see the need for an edge-friendly SDK and application onboarding capability. The underlying deployment platform is extremely scalable, for example – it helps the developers model which workloads need to be split across GPUs and CPUs.”
At Mobile World Congress, Altran will use Microsoft’s AR-based HoloLens to demonstrate how mobile operators can leverage Edge infrastructure to offload complex computing for ultra-fast processing. Altran will also showcase the benefits of video caching at the Edge to dramatically improve mobile video Quality of Experience (QoE). By caching popular video or live content at the edge, mobile operators can also save backhaul costs.
Altran (formerly Aricent) is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers for what comes next in North America and beyond. We lead our clients into the future by solving their most complex engineering services needs and mission critical software framework solutions. For decades, we have helped companies connect new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value to market faster in focused industries to help transform products, brands, companies and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.
Learn more about Altran at https://northamerica.altran.com
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 Edge Computing Market Worth 6.72 Billion USD by 2022, MarketsandMarkets™ (November 1, 2017)