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Merger of OpenFog and IIC bodes ill for operators’ role in the edge market

Netflix’s VP of networks, Dave Temkin, poured cold water on the wave of edge computing enthusiasm when he said there was “no performance or cost benefit to be gained by a few milliseconds [of reduced latency]”. This would have come as a blow to many organizations which tout content delivery as the core use case for edge computing, especially when deployed by telcos. However, what such comments should really do is push all stakeholders to be more precise, and more realistic, in their claims. Video on demand does not need edge computing, especially when companies like Netflix have done a lot of work to mitigate the effects of latency on their user experience. Live streamed video, or content based on…

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