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An increasingly intelligent edge enables enterprise to cut MNO cord

The issues highlighted in the previous piece about moving AI steadily towards the network edge are part of a wider discussion about where that edge lies; and how it can be pushed closer and closer to the user to support highly personalized services and superior network experience. For the operator, there is a double-edge sword here though. The more that intelligence lives in a device, a gateway or a localized sub-network (an enterprise-controlled small cell cluster, perhaps, in shared spectrum such as the US’s CBRS band), the more it may be exploited by another service provider, not the MNO. The combination of localized AI and context awareness, shared or unlicensed spectrum, and affordable small cells, can finally enable enterprises or…

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