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CenturyLink and Akamai eye edge market and 5G partnerships

Many kinds of service providers are converging on the opportunity offered by combining next generation connectivity and content delivery, with edge cloud infrastructure. Wireline telcos, cloud providers, content delivery network (CDN) companies and mobile operators are all keen to expand their business into new applications which are enabled or enhanced by bringing data processing and connectivity close to the end user. That will make it a tough market in which to succeed for any one company, and over time the best chances will come to those MNOs which leverage a combination of 5G, their own edge locations (such as cell sites), and partnerships with the controllers of other assets. Cloud providers like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are obvious candidates,…

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