Thanks to the opportunity of the second and forth Open Call, Level7 has implemented the FLAME infrastructure in a rural area (Buseto Palizzolo, Sicily) where the request of services from the local community is totally different if compared to high density territories.
This gave us the chance to show two great experiments from Intellia and Consulservice, the two experimenters that we hosted in our infrastructure.
Now the FLAME project is over but not the commitment from Level7.
The market is asking for edge services, the customers are asking for services, and operators are investigating on how edge computing can support new business models. Many questions are still open such as “should be the operator to provider the service?” or “should we open the network to third parties? And if yes, how?” but the main questions for us is regarding the rural areas.
In the last years we have seen a lot of discussion regarding 5G technologies and how they can provide better speeds thanks to a higher cell density (aka femtocells). However, the same model that can be applied in multi-million users areas (e.g. Rome, Milan, Paris, London, New York, etc.) does not always apply for the low density areas such as rural areas.
It has been a though period due to the pandemic emergency and we have seen people deciding to move out from big cities and discovering the beauty of the country with its low pace and “the natural distancing”.
Investing in rural areas has been decided at the beginning of our adventure for different reasons and nobody could predict the events of the last months but at the same time it has proven that rural areas are still very important for Europe and we all should care more about the richness of our European rural territories.
This is why we say thank you FLAME and see you soon again with new challenges and great results that we can explore in rural areas!