Fog Computing in a Developing World Context: Jumping on the Bandwagon

  • Bvuma StellaEmail author
  • Kelvin Joseph Bwalya


The emergence of Fog Computing has culminated into a plethora of service options for computing users. Fog computing provides opportunities where a network of remote servers on the Internet can store and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer as elaborated by the Compaq Computer in 1996. Defining policies for adopting Fog Computing from the perspectives of both the individual users and organisations has become essential for choosing the right Fog Computing services. The aim of this chapter is to articulate the vantage points of Fog Computing in the informational computational continuum and explore the factors affecting the adoption of Fog Computing by users or organisations with a special focus in the developing world. Amongst others, the chapter explores the contemporary privacy and security concerns and other issues of Fog Computing especially from the standpoint of service excellence. Further, the chapter explores contextual challenges that may be encountered when implementing Fog Computing in developing world contexts such as low latency and jitter, context awareness and mobile support due to underdeveloped ICT infrastructures. The chapter integrates the Technology, Organisation and Environment (TOE) framework which can be employed to understand the factors influencing the penetration of Fog Computing in different businesses in the developing world. The chapter also explores opportunities bordering on how Fog Computing can advance the agenda of service ubiquity and pervasiveness.


Fog computing Edge computing South Africa Serviceadoption Service excellence Framework EmergingPlatforms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer Intelligence and Information SystemsUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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