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Could AWS have telco ambitions?

Could Amazon Web Services (AWS), the juggernaut of cloud platforms, become a telco? It has been expanding its role in supporting cloud services for customers in the telecoms and pay-TV world, as highlighted by recent announcements at the IBC (International Broadcasting Conference) event and its alliance with AT&T. Amazon’s experiments with connectivity have been less publicized or wide-ranging than Google’s, and have been assumed, in general, to be geared to a possible connected consumer offering based around Alexa. However, there are other motivations to take more direct control of connectivity, directly or via telco deals. The vulnerability that even mighty AWS has in the enterprise is that customers can use multiple clouds, and move easily between, for instance, AWS and…

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