Zong Runs 5G Trial with ZTE Corporation 

Zong announced the first successful commercial MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) trial in Pakistan, in collaboration with ZTE Corporation.
In August 2019, Zong announced itself as the first telecom operator to officially test 5G services in South Asia. With the successful MEC trial, Zong stands as the leading cellular operator in Pakistan to launch. This major development paves the way for additional 5G trials in the country.

Multi-access Edge Computing

MEC is one of the mainstream components of 5G technology which is key for building a smart mobile pipeline and Edge ecosystem with different vertical markets. It not only improves user experience but also reduces backhaul transmission load and latency, applies localization with lower E2E latency, and builds a new value chain-forming with partners or the third-party.

The MEC solution can also be deployed and used on the existing 4G network to improve user experience, and can initiate smooth evolution to the coming 5G era.

Speaking about the development, Zong’s official spokesperson said,

“With ZTE Corporation, we have successfully launched MEC commercial trial today. Zong has become the pioneers of 5G MEC solution on the current 4G network.
Zong stays focused on technology leadership in Pakistani, and have explored ways to benefit from 5G technologies on the existing 4G network. We remain committed in our resolve to provide our customers with state-of-the-art digital communication experience”. 
As current mobile network traffic is mostly transmitted over TCP protocols (from the internet), such as online video streaming and file uploading/downloading, the Edge TCP solution of the MEC is tested with commercial 4G network. The MEC solution enabled improvement in an average throughput of HTTP download in the drive test by 32.8%.

With the MEC platform, Zong and ZTE will explore more applications to enhance value for their 4G customers. Zong is geared to deliver an unmatched user experience to Pakistanis while readying them for the impending 5G era.

Source: Teleco Alert