AT&T, Dell and VMware have partnered to create a multi-access edge computing (MEC) solution that includes private 5G wireless deployed on premises. The three vendors combined their experience in 5G communications and edge infrastructure to create an integrated 5G MEC solution \u2013 called AT&T MEC with Dell Apex \u2013 that\u2019s designed to accelerate enterprise adoption of 5G technology.\nAT&T provides network connectivity for the solution, while Dell delivers the hardware that AT&T MEC rides on and provides an \u201cas-a-service\u201d capability via Dell Apex Private Cloud. VMware's virtualization and multi-cloud enablement software comes loaded on the Dell Private Cloud VxRail HCI servers.\nSince this is an on-demand service, companies can scale up or down as their needs change, said Douglas Lieberman, senior director, global solutions co-creation services at Dell, in a blog post announcing the new service.\n\u201cWith the click of a button, enterprises can order more Dell edge processing to be delivered and implemented in weeks, not months. This \u201cedge-as-a-Service\u201d model enables innovation by allowing enterprises to try out new 5G edge services without making heavy capital investments,\u201d Lieberman wrote.\n5G MEC is appropriate for use cases such as automated guided vehicles, IoT sensors, warehouse and factory robots, and AR experiences, all of which require real-time data collection and bringing business applications closer to where the data is processed, according to Lieberman.\nHe noted that while Wi-Fi networking is the standard for most wireless enterprises, it\u2019s also more or less a plug-and-play technology using unlicensed spectrum. 5G, on the other hand, uses licensed spectrum with cellular technology to offer more inherent stability, more predictable latencies, higher reliability and greater range with fewer access points over Wi-Fi.\nHowever, 5G networks and MEC solutions have their own set of complexities around deployment, security, scalability and cloud application integration, and enterprises may not have the skills needed to manage both connectivity and compute in a 5G MEC, Lieberman wrote.\nAT&T MEC with Dell Apex \u201chelps remove the barriers to 5G edge innovation,\u201d Lieberman wrote. \u201cHow do I build it? We\u2019ve built it for you. How do I connect and protect it? We\u2019ve built in connectivity and protection. How do I scale it? With the click of a button. How do I manage it? Control as much or as little as you want, from full control to a completely managed service. It\u2019s applicable to many different verticals such as manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare and more.\u201d\nThe services are available now, priced as-a-service through Dell\u2019s Apex program with capital costs dependent upon the equipment deployment.\u00a0\nIn other telco-related Dell news, Dell has also partnered with Swedish telecom vendor Ericsson for a Cloud RAN project.\nEricsson will provide its Cloud RAN customers with Dell PowerEdge servers. Cloud RAN is an open cloud network that allows customers to choose their infrastructure provider to prevent vendor lock-in.\nEricsson said in a statement that the deal will provide more flexibility for Cloud RAN customers and noted that Dell's XR8000 and XR5610 PowerEdge servers are specifically designed for telecom, Open RAN, and mobile edge computing workloads.