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Road to 5G will finally make the neutral host model inevitable

Projects like the Flat Distributed Cloud (see above) are still somewhat futuristic, despite FDC being demonstrated in an LTE testbed. But others are working on more readily deployable mobile edge cloud platforms. One interesting start-up is Vapor IO. It recently announced its ‘data center as a platform’ offering, Project Volutus, which is powered by its Vapor Edge Computing technology. Vapor IO’s proposition is to offer fully managed micro data centers at the base of cell towers and other cell sites, to allow MNOs, and cloud or webscale providers, to deliver edge cloud applications efficiently, and in a manner that can harness intelligence about the radio network and the location and context of users in a cell. This is interesting because…

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