Multi-access edge computing could affect public and private networking choices, at least when enterprises look at use cases requiring high-performance, low-latency, high-availability and high device density performance.
Traditionally, private networks have been preferred when enterprises want high isolation from public networks, plus full control and lower cost, higher-performance in-building networking. Some 50 years ago, the use case was support for personal computers and peripherals connected to servers and cabled networks were the platform.
These days, Wi-Fi tends to dominate for general purpose computing requirements supporting devices of all types. Mobile phone support remains a mix of public network access for voice and messaging, while data access can use either Wi-Fi or the public network.
5G plus multi-access edge computing allows new permutations. Some 66 percent of mobile operators polled by GSMA are looking to use their core assets to support private enterprise networks. Some 59 percent also believe they can use their public networks to do so, operating with service level agreements.
In all likelihood, quite a mix will emerge.