Without an ecosystem of technologies surrounding and complementing it, the timeline for ROI on developing edge is too long and risky. Equally, with distributed functions in many edge locations, the network can become complex to build and manage.

Nevertheless, edge will be critical for mixed reality (XR), low-latency, mission critical, ultrabroadband, and consumer services use cases when they are realized. That’s why organizations are still keenly promoting the possibilities of edge and others are working hard to make it a cost-efficient option, as well as solving the challenges to operationalize the edge (such as with automation).

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