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AT&T says its edge project with Microsoft makes the business case for 5G

One area where it makes sense for operators and cloud providers to work together is in the emerging market of edge computing. Both have advantages to press in an area where the value chains remain very uncertain. The telcos offer a distributed network of locations and connectivity on which an edge network can be overlaid for at least some applications, particularly those based on mobility and public platforms, such as video delivery and gaming. The webscalers have cloud platforms and are established in the enterprise side of the market, which is more focused on on-premises edge nodes and indoor locations. While MNOs are weak indoors, webscalers have relied on a few centralized data centers, not a distributed system. The synergies…

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