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GSMA-led edge initiative aims for global reach, but history is against it

At the last count, there were at least 10 operator-driven collaborations focused on edge computing. Some, like the Asia-centric Bridge Alliance, are very tactical, looking to extend existing relationships for roaming, cross-billing and other core processes to the edge and Internet of Things. These are extremely important for helping operators build a global, relatively seamless connected edge presence (see introduction), but do not address the more thorny issue of creating a global developer base and service platform on top of that framework. Here there are open source initiatives like Linux Foundation’s group of edge projects, some of which, like the AT&T-initiated Akraino, are telco-focused. There are projects that were started by individual vendors or operators, like Deutsche Telekom’s MobiledgeX and…

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