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American Tower Edge Data Center Initiatives Underway


American Tower has officially launched its American Tower Edge Data Center initiative this year, deploying six edge data centers in Denver and Boulder, Colorado; Pittsburgh; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Florida; and Austin, Texas. This initiative is propelled by American Tower’s substantially established infrastructure, already equipped with adequate connectivity and power, throughout the world. As of October 9, the company has an estimated 181,000 cell tower sites worldwide, 40,000 of which are located in the United States.

The initiative will be executed in two phases. The first phase will center on leveraging its real estate, electricity, security, and dark fiber assets to augment enterprises’ distributed data center strategies. The company will initially cater to IT companies and managed service providers that want to place their applications nearer to their enterprise customers without having to send data back and forth from distant data centers.

The second phase, which involves the migration of network carrier’s services to the edge in their …

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