According to Huawei’s official press release, “China Unicom 5G MEC Edge Cloud Platform Architecture and Commercial Practice”, a joint entry by Huawei and China Unicom, was awarded the “2020 China SDN/NFV/AI Excellent Case Award”.
Running on the elastic, robust, agile, and efficient telecom cloud, the 5G MEC platform —with UPFs deployed at the edge — provides lower latency, higher bandwidth, and value-added applications. Other advantages of note include:
Simplified deployment: The plug-and-play design enables “UPF+MEP” to be deployed at one click in under two hours. The MEAO/MEPM and edge nodes, in collaboration, make it possible for innovative MEC applications at one site to be replicated across the network at low cost in just minutes. This cloud-network-edge synergy facilitates cross-domain network interconnection and service collaboration among factories.
Fortified network reliability: The MEC platform protects data throughout its lifecycle covering everything from application development to release, rollout, and maintenance. The platform leverages network slicing to guarantee network isolation among tenants, ensuring carrier-class reliability. Additionally, an emergency control plane is deployed on the non-public network, which guarantees enterprise network service continuity and keeps users online under all circumstances, meeting the key requirements of enterprise and private network customers for network continuity.
Easy O&M: The platform adopts centralized O&M and provides a self-service portal for enterprise customers, under which they can flexibly deploy applications, process services, as well as monitor, configure, and maintain their networks. Alongside this, upgrading and integrating edge sites takes little time.
China Unicom also brought home the “Excellence Award” at the 3rd MEC Hackathon in China together with Huawei during this conference, with its application of 5G MEC-based AGV in customized printing, which marks the first intelligent application of 5G MEC on a 5G SA network in China.