Japan’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, NTT DOCOMO, is teaming up with US-based MobiledgeX to conduct a joint proof of concept (PoC) trial in Tokyo between 22-24 January 2020 to test a solution that ‘leverages multi-access edge computing (MEC) for the worldwide distribution of applications’. With the cellco aiming to launch its 5G network this year, DOCOMO will collaborate with MobiledgeX to help a variety of partners distribute innovative 5G solutions worldwide, it said.
In a press release, the two parties confirmed that ‘MobiledgeX’s solution offers a developer portal site for distributing applications to MEC infrastructure, such as servers and storage systems, located on the edges of mobile operator networks that are close to customers in markets overseas. Developers, device manufacturers and other technology partners with stringent performance and data-governance needs will be able to distribute their applications quickly and easily worldwide, without having to confirm usage conditions or system availability in each operator’s MEC infrastructure respectively.’
Further, the PoC trials will include an augmented-reality (AR) application based on the ‘Edge Realities’ platform supplied by Poland-based software studio ‘1000 realities’, distributed to the MEC platform, DOCOMO Open Innovation Cloud, connected to 5G and LTE networks operated by DOCOMO in Japan. Edge Realities uses space-recognition technology to superimpose AR content on real objects and large spaces without using place markers. The MEC platform will enable the content to be positioned in space and displayed, without any time lag. Finally, the partners note that Tanseisha and DOCOMO Innovations will support the PoC.