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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute unveils first APIs

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July 10, 2017

We just learned today that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has unveiled the first APIs created under its Multi-Access Edge Computing project that began in mid-2016.

The ultimate goal of the multi-access edge (MEC) game is to open up computing in mobile base stations to third-party developers.

The various API releases cover mobile edge services, application lifecycle management, applications running on edge platforms, a location service API, and a radio network information service (RNIS) API.

The last two are targeted as value-added APIs, designed to help third party applications get information about the state of the radio network and its user location.

The full specs are:

  • GS MEC 009: the overarching framework for providing RESTful mobile service APIs;
  • GS MEC 010-2: covering application lifecycle;
  • GS MEC 011: the framework for enabling applications at the mobile edge;
  • GS MEC 012: the RESTful API to the radio network;
  • GS MEC 013: the location API itself.
  • The MEC initiative is an effort to turn mobile base stations into various computer nodes in their own right. It had its roots in 2015, when ETSI set up a proof-of-concept and foundation specifications.

    In March of this year, the group expanded the MEC brief to take in things like WiFi that aren't part of cellphone networks.

    Source: Samsung.


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