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More start-ups target cell towers for edge, but Crown Castle turns cold

At the start of the edge computing, when the telcos’ dream that most of the edge would be built on their sites was still alive, some tower operators also saw the opportunity to extend their neutral host business model beyond cell towers, fiber and power, to include edge processing and storage at their sites. This could target more revenues from telco tenants, or support for enterprise or cloud clients wanting to leverage these locations. Crown Castle was the leader of this thought process, and made some ambitious statements about the business opportunity, as well as signing a strategic alliance with Vapor.io, a start-up specializing in building neutral host edge data centers, with a particular focus on towercos. However, Crown Castle…

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