Building One of the World’s First MEC Solutions

first_imgWhile Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) is not dependent on 5G, and 5G is not dependent on MEC, there are clear synergies between the 5G architecture enabling decentralized deployment and MEC enabling new services and experiences. MEC will be a key enabler of future growth for telecoms operators as they roll out 5G services in the next few years.Although the discussion on edge computing is clouded by hype and at times misinformation, we are starting to see real examples of edge computing being used across industries. Mobile operators globally are building MEC sites – both in their own facilities and on customer premises – launching new services to enterprise customers.  Service providers (SPs) like AT&T, SK Telecom, SingTel, KDDI, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are some of the early providers of edge solutions.Dell Technologies is working with SK Telecom to help the operator build and deploy its own MEC platform in 2020, accelerating the industry leader’s 5G MEC strategy.SK Telecom: a 5G and MEC pioneerSK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea and an industry leader in many respects: it has both a strong core offering with over 46.4% market share (as of December 2019) and significant revenues outside telecoms, primarily from security and commerce. (KRW 17,743 Bn revenues in FY2019). It was the first to launch commercial 5G services in April 2019 and managed to accumulate over 1 Million 5G subscribers 5 months later, 10 times the total number of 5G subscribers in the U.S. across all operators in the same period.  They have achieved the widest 5G coverage in South Korea rolling out its 5G network to data traffic-concentrated areas, including the main areas of 85 cities nationwide. Their ambition is to continue the growth of 5G services in the B2B and B2B2X sectors, offering low latency solutions to enterprises (e.g. security), industry (e.g. smart factory) and developers (e.g. cloud gaming).However, 5G alone is not enough. MEC is a critical enabler for delivering low latency services at guaranteed levels, data-centric services (such as IoT), differentiated customer experiences, improved security and reduced TCO to the end-customer.  In traditional networks, round-trip latency to the cloud generally averages between 30 to over 100 milliseconds. With MEC, this could potentially drop to under 10 milliseconds.SK Telecom is offering two types of MEC: distributed MEC leveraging its own facilities and on-premises MEC, where edge compute infrastructure and services are deployed for a customer on their selected sites. The target applications across these MEC domains include:Distributed MEC:Cloud VRVirtual mobile interfaceTraffic managementCloud gaming With MEC, collaboration is keySK Telecom has an open approach to developing its MEC offering, emphasising the need to work closely with different partners in the ecosystem:Infrastructure vendors, including Dell Technologies and IntelSoftware vendorsPublic cloud providersGlobal SPsSK Telecom has already announced its partnership with AWS for Wavelength, its 5G MEC offering that will launch in 2020. The mobile operator views cooperation with public cloud providers as a critical component to seed the market and allow developers to add workloads to MEC or move them from the public cloud.A recent announcement on SK Telecom’s initiative with the Bridge Alliance demonstrates the need to collaborate within the telecoms industry. The Global MEC Task Force includes other Bridge Alliance members (e.g. Singtel, Globe, Taiwan Mobile and PCCW Global) and seeks to accelerate progress of 5G and MEC across SPs globally. The Bridge Alliance alone encompasses 34 operators serving more than 800 million customers across the Asia Pacific region.Dell Technologies provides the foundation for the MEC architectureIn addition to working with cloud providers, SK Telecom has built its own MEC architecture to provide a platform with diverse environments for MEC application workloads to run on bare metal, virtual machines and containers. Using the platform, developers can manage and orchestrate workloads on SK Telecom’s MEC infrastructure.SK Telecom’s MEC architectureSource: SK TelecomUnderpinning this is Dell Technologies’ infrastructure, offering both best-in-class network switches to manage the real-time traffic flows to and from the MEC nodes and edge servers, hosting the MEC workloads. The Dell Technologies infrastructure also offers the management framework to integrate into SK Telecom’s existing Operational Support Systems (OSS) environment, easing the deployment and day-to-day operations of this network at scale.Next stepsIf you would like to learn more about the motivation and implementation of SK Telecom’s MEC Strategy, STL Partners just published a new case study entitled, “SK Telecom: The Road to the World’s First 5G MEC Platform” that is worth reading.   As other telecoms operators start to build MEC platforms, selecting the right partners will be essential. Another STL Partners article, ‘What’s in an edge computing platform?’, provides insights on the challenge of creating comprehensive platforms to meet new requirements that edge computing brings.MEC will be a key enabler of future growth for telecoms operators as they roll out 5G services.  Understanding the challenges and how leaders like SK Telecom are developing and rolling out next generation networks will help operators as they look to implement MEC and 5G to fuel their own growth strategies. On-site MEC:Smart factory (machine vision)Smart hospitalSmart robotlast_img read more

Faith and Football

first_imgIt’s not everyday that a wide receiver racks up 118 receiving yards and one touchdown in one quarter of play against the No. 4 team in the country.It’s not common for a football player to be named a consensus first-team All-Big Ten team member.And it’s certainly not often that one wide receiver is the target for nearly 40 percent of the passes thrown by his quarterback in any given season.But for redshirt senior Jared Abbrederis, the plays that he makes each Saturday on the football field are only half of what makes him so unique.A quick scan of his Twitter profile (@abbrecadabra) reveals another side to the star wide receiver: He is a dedicated Christian.Growing up in a Christian home in Wautoma, Abbrederis said his faith has played a big role in his life from a young age.“Both my parents are great,” Abbrederis said. “[I have a] strong family and I got a lot of support from them, that’s kind of where it began for me.”Heading into college, Abbrederis eventually found a new Christian community away from home and, surprisingly, he didn’t have to look very far.A number of other teammates were members of various bible studies — Aaron Henry, Chris Maragos and Brady Ewing to name a few — and even his sophomore-year roommate and current UW linebacker Ethan Armstrong.It was through one of these bible studies that another wrinkle in the intrigue that is Jared Abbrederis reveals itself; Abbrederis is married and has been since May 26, 2012 when he wed Rachel Otto.The two met in a bible study through Blackhawk Church in Madison in September 2010, and according to Armstrong — who was also in the study — Abbrederis knew she was the one from the moment he saw her.“It was the first night there and we [walk] in and meet this girl, and her name is Rachel,” Armstrong said. “We’re leaving later that night, and I was giving him a ride back to our place because we lived together at the time. He looks at me and he goes, ‘I’m going to marry that girl.’”“We pretty much started dating almost right away,” Abbrederis added. “We dated for about six months and then we got engaged and then one year and one month later we got married.”Since then, Abbrederis says he couldn’t imagine his life any other way.His schedule is busy with countless hours put into improving his game on the football field, but he says they always try to find time to spend together, even if it means something as simple as an evening in watching television.Life in the fishbowlWhile Abbrederis came into college still just a young, impressionable, soft-spoken teenager, he has since become one of the most well-known role models for Christians on campus.In each of the past two years, he attended the weekly large group meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ, a Christian organization for UW students. Each time, his appearance has greatly increased attendance, most recently attracting a packed lecture hall of students in Mills Hall in Humanities to hear both Abbrederis and junior basketball player Traevon Jackson’s testimonies at a group meeting in September.While this may be just one example, Abbrederis knows that with his high-profile image on the football field comes a great opportunity for him to help share his faith with others.As a result, Abbrederis chose to spend last summer interning at Blackhawk Church in the high school ministry. He said he was given the opportunity to lead a bible study of high school boys and talk to them about the issues they face.While football is still his professional goal at this point, Abbrederis said when everything is said and done, getting involved in Christian ministry might be something that he would enjoy doing.Still, being a high-profile Christian athlete carries with it a lot of responsibility too.As it is with athletes of any faith or background, they often become the representatives that others look to as a model for those beliefs and lifestyles.While his stint in the NFL was brief, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow was also a vocal Christian, and during his run to the second round of the playoffs with the Denver Broncos in the 2011-’12 season, his faith was often heavily scrutinized.“A lot of times, people are looking for you to fail,” Abbrederis said. “Obviously, we’re not perfect so we make mistakes. People are watching for those mistakes, and when you make them, they are all over it.”As a result, Abbrederis says he takes life one day at a time, but he added that he constantly tries to keep his faith at the center of his actions — even on the football field.Written on his gloves are two bible verses: on his left hand is Judges 15: 14-15 and on his right hand Psalm 18: 31-35.He says both are there to remind him that the Holy Spirit is powerful and that he is always in God’s hands when he plays football.“On the field I like to let my actions speak for themselves, and I give God all the glory,” Abbrederis said.  “At the end of the day, you just have to try to do the best that you can to stay [true to that].”last_img read more

San Francisco Giants give three top prospects a late-season promotion

first_imgIt’s been a rough season for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, but the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A affiliate is about to receive a huge infusion of talent.Three of the organization’s top prospects — Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and Sean Hjelle — have earned late-season promotions from Single-A San Jose to Double-A Richmond, according to a source.Bart, 22, played just 57 games with the San Jose Giants due to a fractured hand that cost him upward of six weeks of games. Bart’s average dipped to .234 …last_img

CTICC plans ‘SA’s greenest building’

first_img30 October 2008The Cape Town International Convention Centre and the South African government are at an advanced stage of negotiations on a partnership to expand the hugely successful conference and expo venue, and in the process to create “the greenest building in South Africa”.A comprehensive feasibility and economic impact study of the proposed expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has been the focus of a team headed by CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy over the past six months.Toefy, who spoke about the expansion at a press conference in Cape Town on Friday, said the construction of a “six-star green building” was an opportunity for the city to provide the kind of global leadership Capetonians could be proud of.“In the context of climate change, sustainable business development and being in a competitive industry, CTICC’s focus must be on minimising its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of any planned expansion,” Toefy said.CTICC Phase 2 – to be located on the site of Customs House on Cape Town’s foreshore – would be built to requirements set by the Green Building Council of South Africa. It would be designed to use 40% less energy per square metre than the present CTICC, consume 95% less potable water, and produce 25% less waste to landfill.Water and energy saving technologiesThe planned 30 000 square metre development, of which 9 500 square metres would be exhibition space, would incorporate state-of-the-art water and energy saving technologies, including special wind turbines to harvest electricity while simultaneously ventilating the parking garages.“We plan to incorporate some of the most progressive environmentally friendly building techniques available, and will set the highest possible international standard in sustainable building design and management,” Toefy said.Reduction in energy would be mainly through the building’s “passive energy design”, extensive use of “daylighting”, and provision of renewable energy using wind and solar.Potable water usage would be reduced mainly through recycling of rainwater and an on-site water treatment system, while the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites would be reduced by providing adequate space for on-site sorting and recycling.A planted green roof would also be provided, as well as bicycle facilities, integrated with planned city cycle routes, for staff and visitors.The business caseMaking the business case for expanding the CTICC, Toefy said there was an “unquestionable need to expand from a purely operational business point of view”, with record occupancy levels pushing the CTICC’s existing space and resources to the limit in 2007/08.The CTICC had also commissioned a study on the impact of the expansion by economists Barry Standish and Anthony Boting of the UCT Graduate School of Business.The report found that the expansion, and the hotel and offices which form part of the project, would result in direct spending in Cape Town of R2.27-billion over an anticipated three years of construction.Spin-offs from the CTICC expansion would contribute in the region of R457-million to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012/13, increasing to more than R1.7-billion a year by 2018.In addition, 513 “direct jobs” and 720 “indirect jobs” would be created in 2012, increasing to 1 276 direct jobs and 1 892 indirect jobs by 2018.Toefy said that all planning was on track and was now dependent on final negotiations with the Department of Public Works, adding that, if successful, this would “result in a unique new partnership in which all three tiers of government – city, provincial and national – have equity in the holding company of the CTICC.”The City of Cape Town currently owns 50.2% of the CTICC and Western Cape provincial government 25.1%. SunWest International is the main private sector shareholder.“If we get the go-ahead in the next three months we could expect building completion in mid-2012,” Toefy said.“The CTICC expansion will not only propel Cape Town into the forefront of sustainable building design and management, but will continue to drive the city’s rise as one of the leading business tourism destinations worldwide.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio farmers endorse students for $25,500 in scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seventeen Ohio students were awarded a total of $25,500 in college scholarships this spring from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The new program encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 scholarships to support their education. Farmers play a vital role by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing their applications.By participating in the program, farmers are helping to develop new talent for the future of ag. The career paths most frequently cited by this year’s scholarship recipients are agronomy and farming, agricultural education and agricultural science and research. While many of the students come from farming families, some had little or no previous exposure to agriculture, but developed a strong interest in the industry through participation in FFA or other ag-related youth programs.Recipient Tyler White of Germantown, Ohio, is representative of the students who are selected for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships because of his passion for ag and strong leadership qualities. Farmer John Friedline of Farmersville, Ohio, endorsed White’s application.“Fewer young people want to get involved in agriculture and programs like Grow Ag Leaders help promote the industry to the younger generation,” Friedline said. “It’s great to have that support to help grow agriculture careers.”Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. Applicants do not have to be FFA members but are required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students this year. For more information, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80

first_imgDennison had been the unquestioned emotional leader of the Tamaraws for Season 80 as he put up his best statistical year in his five seasons with FEU averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.And if Dennison stayed primarily as one of FEU’s main contributors, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. The Fil-Am guard was initially a starter for Racela but then fell out of the rotation midway through the season before regaining his spot in the starting five near the tail end of the eliminations.Racela even apologized to Trinidad for the way he bounced around the lineup, but the graduating Tamaraw was just happy Racela trusted him in every sense of the word.“He said I went through a lot, that he should be sorry, but I trusted him,” said Trinidad who had six points and two boards in his exit game. “I didn’t expect anything this season, I was just ready and because he’s our coach I knew I could trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “I would really like to give a big ‘thank you’ to coach Olsen [Racela] because he gave Jojo and I this kind of a season,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Racela apologizes to Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record and as the No. 4 team in the league and Dennison couldn’t be more grateful at what the Tamaraws had accomplished as they came just a shot away from making the championship round.“Even though our team went through ups and downs, the guys still trusted Jojo and I,” said Dennison, who finished with four points, three rebounds, and four assists in his final game.  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad celebrated a championship for Far Eastern University in Season 78, but the two couldn’t win another one before they ended their UAAP careers.The Tamaraws lost to the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-84, in their Final Four rubber match in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but both Dennison and Trinidad would rather remember the good memories during their stay at FEU.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Lukaku on Man Utd future: Depends how long they want me here!

first_imgRomelu Lukaku intends to remain at Manchester United for as long as Jose Mourinho’s side want to keep him.The Belgium international striker is currently out of favour at Old Trafford, starting on the bench for the games against Everton and Manchester City, as well as the 1-0 win over Young Boys on Tuesday night.Indeed, the former Chelsea forward has revealed the 10-minute conversation he had with Mourinho where he was told he was being dropped from the starting XI, insisting he was “angry” at the decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lukaku is without a goal for United since September, when he found the net in the 2-1 win over Watford to make it four goals in five games at the start of the season.Despite his recent struggles, the 25-year-old is not seeking an exit from Old Trafford and claims that he’ll stick around until he’s told he’s no longer needed.He told Bleacher Report: “Obviously you sign here to win as many trophies as you can. How long I’m going to be here depends on how long they want me here, you know.”I will always give my best to this club because they gave me the opportunity to play and compete in the best league, so I’m always grateful for that.”Asked about his relationship with team-mate Paul Pogba and the potential difficulties of playing in a competitive environment with someone who is also a good friend, Lukaku added: “It’s like taking and giving, I’d say.”Sometimes it’s better that you compete throughout the week against each other to play well at the weekend together.”Because then I know I have a warrior who is going to give everything to the team and hopefully he knows what he can have from me, and then we just go out there and ball.”Lukaku was also asked about why he appears to be a lot happier playing for Belgium and whether it is as simple as Roberto Martinez’s side winning more games at the moment.He said: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Winning is the vibe, man, it’s the vibe over there. It’s different.”United sealed qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with their narrow win over Young Boys on Tuesday and now face a trip to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more