EDGE COMPUTING IS ESSENTIAL FOR REAL-TIME AND 5G
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By Sean Kinney, Managing Editor on SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Particularly for latency-sensitive applications, edge computing augments the cloud
Ericsson–and every other telecom infrastructure vendor–are pushing hard to develop the underlying 5G technologies that will support a broad range of applications that leverage the promised ultra high capacity and very low latency promised by the emerging 5G New Radio specification. From hardware to software, a big piece of this is cloud-native design. But, in some cases, transporting data to the cloud isn’t enough. That means compute and processing power has to be moved closer to the end user. Enter edge computing.
Ericsson’s investment arm Ericsson Ventures has invested in a company called Realm, which has developed a mobile platform that focuses on providing real-time support for instantaneous delivery of applications supported by iOS, Android and a variety of cloud environments.
Ericsson Ventures VP Paul McNamara called it the “edge cloud.” Realm CEO Alexander Stigsen discussed the investment as helping to “solve the biggest mobile development challenges, and fulfill the potential of ultrafast 5G networks, powerful mobile devices and limitless developer imagination.”
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