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US towercos increase investments in edge as SBA makes a move

The latest US tower operator to make moves into the edge computing market is SBA, the  country’s third largest towerco. While Crown Castle, the second towerco, has already made significant investments in adding neutral host micro-data centers to its tower sites, the market leader, American Tower, has only recently announced its first cautious deployments. SBA is taking a similarly wary approach, but has acquired a data center in Chicago – currently the hotbed of neutral host edge developments in the USA – in order to test and evaluate the edge opportunity. The acquisition – of a center which currently handles highly secure government computing functions – also includes a small loop of fiber in downtown Chicago. CEO Jeffrey Stoops told…

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