Carriers Crave CDN Action
With video and data traffic volumes continuing to grow apace, network operators are looking to build their own content delivery network (CDN) capabilities into their networks to attract new business from content owners and/or reduce the cost of delivering their own content, according to Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Adi Kishore.
He notes that Tier 1 operators are adding caching platforms to their networks, a move that makes it easier for them to deliver their own content to their customers but also enables them to rival established CDN players such as Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) and Limelight Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW) by offering direct, managed services to third-party content owners.
Interestingly, Akamai recently launched a product targeted at communications service providers (CSPs), a move that Kishore analyzed in a recent column. (See Will Operators Embrace Akamai's Licensed CDN?.)
But it's not just the major carriers that can get in on the CDN action. At about the 1:56 mark Kishore notes that there is a lot of debate about the potential for CDN interconnection and federation, something that would enable smaller operators to hook up with larger carriers in a symbiotic relationship.
If this topic is of interest, check out what Kishore had to say recently about the content caching strategies of mobile operators:
For more on CDNs and content caching, check out the following:
- Video CDNs Will Rock the Cable World
- Geo Plugs Into EdgeCast's CDN
- Comcast Opens Up Its Video Cloud
- Limelight Launches Managed CDN
- Caching In on Mobile Content
- Juniper Adds to Its CDN Offering
- EdgeCast Eyes CDN Federation
- Akamai Goes Mobile by Acquiring Cotendo
- HR Survey: OTT Experience Could Drive ISP Choice