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Packet and Vapor IO vye for towerco alliances to push edge compute

There is hot debate about whether the emerging edge compute business models will really dovetail as neatly with telcos’ networks as they would like to think. ETSI’s Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) architecture started with the assumption that cell sites and central offices would make idea locations for edge cloud deployments, and so would put operators in pole position in the value chain. However, while that may be true for classic telco applications like video caching and content delivery, much of the potential of the edge cloud lies in industrial applications, and there, each industry and use case may require a different edge – in a factory for a manufacturer, for instance. But some companies are clinging to the telco edge…

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