& cplSiteName &

Hey, FCC: Cedexis Has That Peering Data You Need

Mari Silbey
9/3/2014
50%
50%

If FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is still figuring out the ins and outs of network interconnection arrangements, traffic management company Cedexis might just be able to help.

After much hue and cry over how ISPs treat Netflix traffic, Wheeler said in June he would officially look into the murky business of peering agreements. While not classifying this as a net neutrality issue, Wheeler declared at the time that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needed to take a closer look at the details of network interconnection arrangements. (See Net Neutrality Redux? FCC Probes Peering Problems.)

"To be clear, what we are doing right now is collecting information, not regulating," Wheeler said in a statement. "We are looking under the hood. Consumers want transparency. They want answers. And so do I."

Now, Cedexis thinks it has way to get those answers. On September 18, Cedexis will present a model to the FCC for monitoring network activity, and it will make its case that the government should use a third-party data provider -- independent from the networks involved -- to help get an accurate picture of how traffic is directed across the Internet.

Cedexis has what appears to be a unique window into how the Internet works in the real world. Taking a crowd-sourced approach, the company has created a group of more than 100 cloud, data center and content delivery network providers, as well as more than 500 large enterprises from LinkedIn to L'Oréal. Participants in the group provide data to Cedexis in exchange for free access to information from all of the players involved.

On the enterprise side, companies share their data by putting a javascript tag on their website, or an SDK into their mobile app. When a user requests content, the website or app then communicates with pre-positioned test objects hosted by the network services companies that host and deliver that content. Since major ISPs and CDNs are part of the community, Cedexis can then show over time how traffic is treated by each one.

Cedexis makes money by helping companies optimize content delivery across multiple network service providers. That revenue stream leaves the company free to distribute the raw data from service providers without charge. It does so now with community members, but it could do the same with the FCC.

"Whether the government tries to regulate net neutrality, or whether they try to let the industry self-govern, this is a tool that can provide evidence of what is happening," said Cedexis vice president of marketing Rob Malnati in an interview. "And if I'm an enterprise, I'd be very interested to know that, if I'm paying for a fast lane from Comcast or Verizon, am I getting an improved performance experience?"


Want to know more about over-the-top services? Check out our dedicated OTT content channel here on Light Reading.


The data from Cedexis may sound too good to be true, but the company has already proven its model in France, where the top 20 media companies in the country publish a quarterly report showing the average performance of their content across different ISPs. It's kind of like how Netflix publishes ISP rankings in the US, but with a lot more supporting evidence contributing to the model.

In another sign that Cedexis is on to something big, Frost & Sullivan principal analyst Dan Rayburn, a notorious skeptic, has given the company his stamp of approval. In a blog post in July, Rayburn stated: "If I had to make a list of the top five hottest companies right now, Cedexis would be at the top of the list. Not only because of what they are doing, and how important it is to the market, but also because they share so much of the data -- for free."

The FCC will have the chance to form its own opinion about Cedexis after the company's scheduled presentation later this month.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
alanbreznick
50%
50%
alanbreznick,
User Rank: Light Sabre
9/3/2014 | 8:21:08 PM
Only ones?
Is Cedexis really the only company with this kind of data, MAri? If so, they seem a lock for the FCC contract. What do they know that nobody else does? 
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
What WTTX Can Deliver

2|23|17   |     |   (0) comments


Mohamed Madkour explains the benefits of WTTX while Dimitris Mavrakis discusses the challenges of delivering home broadband access.
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei on Mobile Broadband

2|23|17   |     |   (0) comments


Mohamed Madkour shares his vision on MBB for the next three years.
LRTV Custom TV
Analysys Mason Talks About the Future of Digital Operations

2|23|17   |     |   (0) comments


The future of digital operations has three key aspects: 1. Highly automated operations for both service and network; 2. Highly converged BSS/OSS for business and resources; 3. Highly merged management and control for real-time cloud native operations.
LRTV Interviews
Software Trends in the Telecom Sector

2|23|17   |   03:40   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks with Telecoms.com Editorial Director Scott Bicheno about trends and developments in the telecoms software sector and what to expect at MWC 2017.
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei's Pre-MWC Analyst Briefing 2017 Highlights

2|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei shares its vision for this year's MWC.
LRTV Interviews
MWC17: 5G, Cloud RAN & More

2|21|17   |   04:35   |   (0) comments


Ovum Senior Analyst Julian Bright talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about all things MWC, including Cloud RAN, Huawei's pitch to the industry and the road to 5G.
LRTV Interviews
MWC 2017's Key 2-Letter Terms

2|20|17   |   08:29   |   (1) comment


5G, AI, VR... these are just some of the two-letter terms that will dominate show-floor chat at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, according to these two blow-hards (a.k.a. Scott Bicheno of Telecoms.com and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre). And then there's PB...
LRTV Interviews
Key Trends for Mobile Operators in Developing Markets

2|20|17   |   06:37   |   (0) comments


Ovum's Matthew Reed talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about the challenges and opportunities facing mobile operators in the developing markets of Africa and the Middle East.
LRTV Documentaries
YouTube Takes on Facebook Live-Streaming

2|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


Popular 'YouTubers' will be the first to get the new service on their smartphones. You have been warned.
LRTV Custom TV
Open Source NFV/SDN Automation

2|17|17   |   05:54   |   (0) comments


AT&T ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) code is transitioning into the Linux Foundation for placement into open source. In this video, Carol Wilson provides an update on the maturation of open source ECOMP and meets with industry leaders from AT&T, Bell Canada, Orange, Linux Foundation and Amdocs to discuss what this means for the ...
LRTV Documentaries
Uber & NASA Collaborate on Flying Car Project

2|16|17   |     |   (0) comments


Is Uber for real? Well, it's hired NASA engineer Mark Moore to lead the project, and he wouldn't come cheap.
LRTV Documentaries
Zuckerberg Tries Out the Oculus Rift VR Glove

2|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Facebook CEO shows off a new way to interact with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset: an Oculus glove.
Upcoming Live Events
March 21-22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Uber's HR Nightmare: Company Investigates Sexual Harassment Claims
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 2/21/2017
Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/21/2017
Verizon to Start Fixed 5G Customer Trials in April
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/22/2017
Sprint to Go Gigabit Crazy at MWC!
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/22/2017
MANO Marriage: ECOMP, Open-O Converge as ONAP
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 2/23/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Animals with Phones
No One Likes This Click Here
Take a hint!
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.