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