The rollout of 5G will require massive capital investments on behalf of service providers. At the same time, the mobile industry needs new top line growth to reverse the current trend of mobile broadband commoditization -- ever increasing consumption with decreasing economic return.  

This puts service providers in a bind. Because subscribers remain a cash cow but offer little in top line revenue growth, service providers must find new revenue streams to prosper and remain competitive in a 5G economy

A key part of that equation is mobile edge computing (MEC), which effectively pushes data center capabilities as close to the end device -- the edge of the network -- as possible in order to provide faster speeds and lower latency. 

Demand for MEC is expected to grow for a wide range of applications as the increased bandwidth and decreased latency of 5G enables more data to be processed at the edge of a network rather the cloud. MEC figures to play a pivotal role in helping service providers deliver next-generation -- and, more importantly, monetize -- services to enterprise customers, which are looking for a more robust network infrastructure as they seek to become more digitally savvy.

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