Lumen and T-Mobile are expanding their existing relationship to empower each's next generation of technology. The arrangement will combine T-Mobile's 5G mobile network with Lumen's Edge Computing platform.
The idea is to address the needs of enterprises when it comes to distributed applications. T-Mobile will use its 5G bandwidth and backhaul to directly connect users and endpoints to Lumen's edge computing nodes. That connectivity will complement Lumen's own fiber reach, which of course extends to a couple hundred thousand on-net enterprise locations.
The bandwidth available on a 5G network will make the last mile much easier to achieve for nextgen applications, and the proliferation of edge data center technologies will bring computing power closer to that last mile. Thus, this sort of collaboration that Lumen and T-Mobile are putting together will likely crop up in other forms with other 5G networks and their fiber cousins around the world.
At least, it will once 5G is widely deployed, which of course will take some time yet.
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