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American Tower continues to increase its interest in edge computing

Tower operators are looking for ways to extend their businesses in the face of the consolidation of their MNO customers in many markets, and the shift of new cell sites from tall towers to roofs and street furniture. Some have done this through significant geographical expansion, an approach American Tower, IHS and others have attempted with strings of acquisitions. Others are moving into adjacent markets for neutral host infrastructure, such as fiber and small cells, a strategy most aggressively followed by Crown Castle in the USA. Now edge computing is presenting another potential way for infrastructure companies to add new revenue streams, especially when the distributed cloud infrastructure can be collocated with existing assets such as cell sites. Rod Smith,…

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