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Video is the traffic type that benefits the most from edge processing and storage, both in fixed and mobile networks. And increasingly they both share platforms and traffic management tools. Edge computing will accelerate this trend. We explore these topics with Dan Sahar, Co-founder and VP of Product Marketing at Qwilt.  

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MEC gets ready for the enterprise and IoT. A conversation with Caroline Chan, General Manager, 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group, Intel. Virtualization gives network operators – both fixed and mobile ones – flexibility on where to locate processing and storage within their networks. And they have started to move beyond the centralized cloud and place some function at the edge, or near the edge. Multiple-access edge computing, or MEC, is one initiative that provides a standards-based framework to operators and vendors to enable edge computing. We talked to Caroline Chan, the General Manager within the 5G Infrastructure Division in the Network Platform Group at Intel, about the impact of the move towards the edge of the network. 

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Spectrum as a shared resource. Light-licensing models for 3.5 GHz band open new ways to deploy and operate networks. This is a presentation I gave in Bellevue WA last week - preliminary thoughts on 3.5 GHz / CBRS: what it means in the US and in the rest of the world, business models and deployment models. I will be glad to hear your thoughts as well as I keep working on this. 

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MEC and other edge computing initiatives call our attention to the relevance of location of network functions in determining performance and, even more crucially, QoE. Vasona Networks had started to move traffic optimization closer to the edge before MEC work at ETSI started. In this conversation with John Reister, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Vasona, we talked about the evolution of moving functions toward the edge – and about where the edge is.

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MEC and, more generally, edge computing are crucial to ensuring that low-latency and high-reliability applications can be successfully deployed in 4G and 5G networks. Debashish Purkayastha, Member of Technical Staff at InterDigital, shared with us his thoughts on how this transition to mobile edge computing, through initiatives such as MEC and OpenFog, will change the way we operate and benefit from wireless networks, and how we will be able to meet the new latency and reliability requirements. 

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We will discuss our upcoming report "Power at the edge. Processing and storage move from the central core to the network edge " in a webinar on February 7, 2017, at 8:00 am PT, 11:00 am ET, 4:00 pm BST (UTC+1), 5:00 pm CEST. The webinar will also be available offline for those who cannot dial in. 

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KDDI has been one of the mobile operators at the forefront of Wi-Fi, small-cells and C-RAN deployments and, as a result, it has keenly explored fiber and wireless solutions for the backhaul and fronthaul. Fumio Watanabe, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at KDDI in Japan, has been involved for a long time in devising the RAN and backhaul/fronthaul strategy for the operator. In this conversation, we talk to Fumio about the evolution and the latest technological trends in backhaul and fronthaul. 

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C-RAN and 5G create much stricter latency and capacity requirements for backhaul and fronthaul, and expand the role of fronthaul in transport. In this report we talk about the evolution of backhaul and fronthaul, the emergence of xhaul/midhaul models, and the use of mmW for backhaul and fronthaul.

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As mobile operators move to C‑RAN and prepare for 5G, they have to upgrade their transport infrastructure to support higher capacity and lower latencies in the RAN. Today we talk with Adrian Di Meo, CTIO at Telefónica in Argentina, about the evolution in backhaul and fronthaul as the operator aggressively moves to a C-RAN topology.

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Neutral host providers such as ExteNet are playing an increasing role in managing backhaul and fronthaul in small-cell deployments for multiple mobile operators. Tormod Larsen, ExteNet’s CTO, talked to us about his experience working with mobile operators to deploy small cells. 

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