Demand for online services has grown substantially and has been driven by new internet users, higher consumption of video content, and the emergence of cloud services. Consumers are becoming more mobile and more connected, and they expect a digital experience wherever they go. More than ever, compute and intelligence (artificial and machine) ought to be as close to consumers as possible. This marks a departure from the central repository or workload that predominates the telco world of today. The likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Google already predicate their business model on their widely diffused-edge infrastructure, or Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). This is a trend that is now picking up pace in telecoms, where there is increased market activity to place intelligent agents as close to the “edges” as possible.
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