Survey on Multi-Access Edge Computing for Internet of Things Realization

Pawani Porambage, Jude Okwuibe, Madhusanka Liyanage, Mika Ylianttila, Tarik Taleb

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has recently advanced from an experimental technology to what will become the backbone of future customer value for both product and service sector businesses. This underscores the cardinal role of IoT on the journey towards the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication systems. IoT technologies augmented with intelligent and big data analytics are expected to rapidly change the landscape of myriads of application domains ranging from health care to smart cities and industrial automations. The emergence of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) technology aims at extending cloud computing capabilities to the edge of the radio access network, hence providing real-time, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to radio network resources. IoT is identified as a key use case of MEC, given MEC’s ability to provide cloud platform and gateway services at the network edge. MEC will inspire the development of myriads of applications and services with demand for ultra low latency and high Quality of Service (QoS) due to its dense geographical distribution and wide support for mobility. MEC is therefore an important enabler of IoT applications and services which require real-time operations. In this survey, we provide a holistic overview on the exploitation of MEC technology for the realization of IoT applications and their synergies. We further discuss the technical aspects of enabling MEC in IoT and provide some insight into various other integration technologies therein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2961 - 2991
Number of pages32
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review


  • 5G
  • edge computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • latency
  • Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC)
  • network architecture
  • reliability.
  • virtualization


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