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IEEE’s OpenFog deal warns MNOs they could lose control of the network edge

The rising importance of edge computing is both a major opportunity and a major headache for mobile operators. On the one hand, the distribution of cloud resources – processing, storage, memory and services – to the network edge and even as far out as the device, plays to their natural strengths. MNOs understand how to plan, route and optimize highly distributed networks with large numbers of often moving end points, and the edge model puts greater weight on the connectivity – often wireless – than a heavily centralized cloud platform. In the central model, they run the risk of the connectivity between the cloud and the devices being commoditized. In the edge cloud, there is the potential to integrate those…

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