MTS announces its entry as a member into the 5G Future Forum (5GFF), an assembly that brings together leading global communications companies to accelerate the development and adoption of 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technologies.
Founded in January 2020 by América Móvil, KT Corporation, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone, the 5GFF aims to accelerate delivery of globally interoperable 5G and MEC solutions. In 2020, 5GFF published abstracts of its technical specifications for MEC Experience Management and MEC Deployment, in a step towards greater interoperability in the implementation of 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing.
The 5GFF is now focused on innovating and developing new technology opportunities, techniques and specifications, and expanding the ecosystem of R&D collaborations to accelerate global innovation.
MTS CTO Victor Belov commented: “MTS has already established a leading position in deploying pilot 5G networks in Russia, and we are now taking another major step forward by partnering with global industry leaders on shaping the future of connectivity and distributed computing. Already today, we have begun integrating our telecom and cloud infrastructure in order to create a unified, forward-looking platform for mobile-edge applications. By participating in the 5GFF’s working groups and research projects, MTS can gain first-hand experience in developing interoperable technical specifications for future MEC applications. I am confident this partnership can help enhance our approach to 5G network development, as well as accelerate our time-to-market for innovative new digital products and services.”
Vodafone 5GFF Board Representative Mark Allinson said: “MTS will enrich the 5GFF’s work by contributing their insightful perspective on real-world industry challenges. We are looking forward to their contribution as we help apply and implement the benefits that 5G and MEC are driving.”
The immediacy derived from the ultra-low latency of MEC - a network architecture concept which brings computing resources from a centralized point to the edge of the network or, closer to the end-user and applications - combined with the speed and capacity of 5G, will be a key enabler for a technological and industrial disruption that will deeply transform the society.