The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 25

STRUCTURING THE FUTURE

It's Just Business:
Zero-Latency for LTE-based Mobile
Computing Is No Longer a
Technical Question

By Anton Kapela
CTO, EdgeMicro

hen I go to industry events like
CCA's recent Annual Convention,
the two topics that come up most
often in conversation are 5G and latency.
There is rightfully a lot of excitement about
how 5G will improve user experience,
but the reality is that 5G only addresses a
fraction of the latency challenges that need
to be solved for mobile devices to perform
the way consumers and companies want
them to. 5G will effectively eliminate latency
between the tower and the mobile device,
yes. But what about from the tower to
where content and data and computing
services live - which may be hundreds or
thousands of miles away? That is where the
bulk of latency comes from today, and 5G
won't do a thing to solve it.
If anything, the rollout of 5G is going to
put a bright spotlight on those other causes
of latency, and it is important for MNOs
to start addressing that larger issue if 5G
rollouts truly will be successful. Otherwise,
customers will expect 5G to be a panacea,
and they will be endlessly frustrated by
continued latency and performance issues
that have to do with how far away the cloud
truly lives from their devices.

Simply put, providers and customers
won't be able to really benefit from 5G
unless the cloud moves much closer
to end users. That's because the speed
of light isn't really the speed of light, at
least when it comes to content and data
moving through the cloud. Yes, packets
moving across segments of fiber optic
cable move pretty darn fast, but latency
quickly piles up as those packets go
through multiple hops from the mega data
centers where they start, through a variety
of network equipment, through regional
interconnection hubs, through even more
network equipment, and so on and so on
until it finally arrives to the mobile device
that requested it. Each step in the process
adds milliseconds, and those milliseconds
add up in a way that creates frustrating,
maddening latency in both directions. To
make things worse, all the backhaul costs
associated with moving all those packets
represents a large, growing, burdensome
operating cost for MNOs and content
providers.
That brings me to the title of this article,
which is about how solving latency is
a business issue rather than a technical
one. We know that the way to solve this
problem is to move the cloud as close as
possible to end users. That is not a question.
All of the technical issues about delivering
the cloud at the edge are either already
solved or quickly being worked out. The
real question is where to put the cloud and
how to do it in an economically-sound way
that works for all of the stakeholders: MNOs,
content providers and end users.
I believe the solution is right in front of
our noses, because these exact challenges
have been solved elsewhere in the
telecommunications and IT industry. The
right model for mobile edge computing
should use the neutral interconnection
THE

model that has proven to be a cornerstone
of the Internet today, and the shared
colocation environment that is so trusted as
an economically-sound model for corporate
computing. These two proven models
should be the foundation of bringing the
cloud much closer to end users by creating
a neutral environment where networks
can interconnect freely, combined with a
colocation model for housing the content
and services at the very edge of wireless
networks.
Many MNOs and content providers are
exploring options for doing this themselves,
but they quickly realize that it doesn't make
business sense to go it alone. The costs are
too high, the logistics are too massive, and
it's simply not a smart use of capital and
other resources. There is a much smarter
way to get to the edge, and it solves those
thorny latency issues in a way that will allow
5G to truly fulfill its promise.
Anton Kapela is the Chief Technology
Officer of EdgeMicro, which recently won
the startup showcase at CCA's 2017 Annual
Convention. EdgeMicro is the first company
that has developed a solution for Mobile Edge
Computing (MEC) on a large scale, utilizing
micro data centers that are deployed at the
extreme edge of networks including cell
towers and other facilities. Anton is widely
respected as one of the world's foremost
experts in communications networks and
wireless technologies, through his work as
CTO and partner at 5NINES LLC, through his
groundbreaking work in inter-provider security,
through his innovations in ultra-low-latency
radio communications, and through his role
at Windy Apple Technologies Inc. where he
designed, deployed and operated one of the
largest terrestrial microwave networks ever
built. Contact him at akapella@
edgemicro.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Brian L. Spurgeon
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2017 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Coming Soon to a Phone Near You – eSIM™
Solving the 5G Regulatory Puzzle
Weathering the Storm; Using CCA as a Resource in Emergency Situations
Shifting Marketing Dollars to Effectively Catch Today’s Mobile Audience
The Power of the Private Network
(Infra)-Structuring the Future
Keeping Your Email Marketing Strategy Relevant as Subscriber Preferences Evolve
The Future of Wireless
It’s Just Business: Zero-Latency for LTE-based Mobile Computing Is No Longer a Technical Question
How Mobile Operators Can Maximize the Business Experience with Group Communications and Collaboration
The Critical Role of Cellular WAN Failover in Business: Expand Your Service with Fully Managed LTE Failover
“Calling” All Carriers – Do You Use IVR?
VoWiFi and its Impact on 9-1-1
Five Best Practices for Operating Your Cellphone Repair Shop
Dramatically Improve Your 4G LTE Network by Leveraging 5G Technology
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Index of Advertisers
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The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Board of Directors/Staff
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Chairman’s Letter by Brian L. Spurgeon
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 10
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 12
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - CCA’s 2017 Annual Achievement Award Winners
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 14
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Coming Soon to a Phone Near You – eSIM™
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 16
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Solving the 5G Regulatory Puzzle
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - 18
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Weathering the Storm; Using CCA as a Resource in Emergency Situations
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Shifting Marketing Dollars to Effectively Catch Today’s Mobile Audience
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Power of the Private Network
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - (Infra)-Structuring the Future
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Keeping Your Email Marketing Strategy Relevant as Subscriber Preferences Evolve
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Future of Wireless
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - It’s Just Business: Zero-Latency for LTE-based Mobile Computing Is No Longer a Technical Question
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - How Mobile Operators Can Maximize the Business Experience with Group Communications and Collaboration
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - The Critical Role of Cellular WAN Failover in Business: Expand Your Service with Fully Managed LTE Failover
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - “Calling” All Carriers – Do You Use IVR?
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - VoWiFi and its Impact on 9-1-1
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Five Best Practices for Operating Your Cellphone Repair Shop
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Dramatically Improve Your 4G LTE Network by Leveraging 5G Technology
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Congressional Spotlight: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
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The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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