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Edge market is in flux – will it be a missed opportunity for MNOs?

Edge computing is at the peak of its hype cycle, at least in the telco market. Mobile network operators (MNOs) quote edge as the technology that will make their 5G business case fly, as frequently as, last year, they were citing the Internet of Things, or the year before, self-driving cars. In many cases the edge – deploying compute, storage and connectivity close to the users – is closely tied to the IoT in operators’ strategies. But there are clear challenges in this approach – neither edge nor IoT is mature in terms of platforms, business case or clear demand; and while both will be highly significant in changing the mobile network model in future, neither is MNO-specific. At the…

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