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CenturyLink brags about VNF, glazing over FCC embarrassment

CenturyLink’s network virtualization and edge compute strategy has been the talk of the town over the past week, in the process taunting AT&T’s own virtualization project. CenturyLink could be left red-faced if all this trumpet blowing proves to be purely hot air, particularly with the US telco’s inferior capex and recent gaffe which saw its network crippled for a day and a half. In short, CenturyLink has just switched on over 100 initial edge compute locations around the country for managed services, including a 5ms transport time from existing locations to the edge which it highlights as ideal for low latency use cases including VR, AR and machine learning-based services. But then a little spice was added to the mix.…

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