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Local Breakout - A solid business case for MEC at the edge

Virtualized Media Breakout Controller (vMBC) White Paper

Carriers Could Realize Significant Cost Savings by Creating a Local Breakout Through Multi-access Edge Computing

Mobile carriers could realize savings of more than $546 million over a five-year period by utilizing a virtualized media breakout controller (vMBC) to offload 32% of video traffic. vMBCs alleviate increased data traffic and demand through transport and core networks elements by routing traffic directly to the internet. vMBCs enable operators to augment and extend the designed capability of their existing gateway products, providing financial justification for deployment of Multi-access Edge Compute with the derived benefits of user plane latency and a 5G ready architecture. This will provide operators greater business agility and lower total cost of ownership.

Currently, the mean bandwidth per macrocell in the U.S. is more than 428 Mbps, but iGR estimates that will grow to 763 Mpbs – an increase of 78% by 2022. Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) servers create a local breakout of some mobile data traffic at the core that can enable content and applications to be processed as close as possible to the edge of the network, and closer to the mobile user, leading to faster browsing for the user and less strain on the network.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn how utilizing a vMBC at the edge of the network will decrease and optimize the amount of unprofitable data that needs to be carried through the network. A greater percentage offload leads to greater profits, and a 32% local breakout will extend the current macrocell backhaul and EPC capacity by 25.6 months.