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ETSI and Akraino release new specs, with contrasting views of the edge

The Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) specifications from standards body ETSI once led the way in defining a telco-led vision of the edge network architecture. As many non-telco players have piled onto the edge bandwagon, MEC’s influence has waned somewhat, in favor of platforms that support a greater diversity of service providers, edge locations and enterprise applications. However, it still has considerable support among operators, and as such will retain a role in the broader edge platform, even if it now mainly provides APIs (application programming interfaces) that work with other frameworks like OpenFog, rather than the entire architecture. ETSI has announced its latest brace of MEC reports, which focus on two topics of great interest to forward-looking 5G planners –…

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