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Telco CDN

  • April 2014
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  • IDATE
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  • 38 pages

Will mobile and non-video traffic secure the future?

This report explores telecom carriers’ strategies with respect to content delivery networks (CDN). It analyses the impact of telcos’ arrival into the CDN value chain, especially with respect to pure-player CDN companies and equipment suppliers. It concludes with an analysis of the market that telcos can expect to capture over the long term, especially in the realm of mobile solutions which today are few and far between.

Companies Mentioned

AT&T,BT,Comcast,Deutsche Telekom,KDDI,KPN,Orange,Telecom Italia,Telefónica,Verizon,Akamai,Alcatel-Lucent,Cisco,CDNetworks,Edgecast,Ericsson,LimeLight,Jet-Stream,Juniper,Saguna Networks,Verivue

Table Of Contents

Telco CDN
1. Executive Summary 6
2. Methodology and definitions 7
2.1. IDATE's general methodology 7
2.2. Methodology specific to this report 8
3. The basic concepts 9
3.1. What is a telco CDN? 9
3.2. Transparent caching 11
4. Main telco CDN market players 12
4.1. Operators' telco CDN strategies 12
4.1.1. ATandT 15
4.1.2. BT 15
4.1.3. Orange 17
4.1.4. Telefónica 17
4.1.5. Verizon 18
4.2. Equipment manufacturers, telco CDN solution providers 20
4.2.1. Cisco 21
4.2.2. Ericsson 22
4.2.3. Alcatel-Lucent 23
4.3. Pure-player CDN 24
4.3.1. Akamai 25
4.3.2. Limelight 27
4.3.3. Jet-Stream 28
5. Analysis of the Telco CDN market 30
5.1. Market potential 30
5.2. Ecosystem 31
5.3. Telco CDN and net neutrality 32
5.4. Technical issues 33
5.4.1. Mobile CDN 33
5.4.2. CDN federation 34
5.5. Is virtualisation the next step for telco CDN? 34
6. Appendix: CDN federation 35

Tables and Figures

Table 1: Different approaches to the telco CDN 12
Table 2: Telco CDN implementation, by operator 13
Table 3: How the top equipment manufacturers are positioned on telco CDN 20
Table 4: Main CDN-related mergers and acquisitions 24
Table 5: Pure-player CDN companies' positioning with respect to telco CDN 25
Table 6: Initiatives for distributing content on mobile networks 33

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Figure 1: CDN market breakdown by type of traffic 10
Figure 2: How telco CDN alter operators' revenue model 10
Figure 3: How transparent caching works: intercepting and redirecting cacheable content 11
Figure 4: EdgeCast's view of the telco CDN 13
Figure 5: Integrating a CDN solution into an operator's network 14
Figure 6: Optimisation through server consolidation 15
Figure 7: Implementation of a CDN within the BT network 16
Figure 8: How BT Wholesale is positioned in the value chain 16
Figure 9: Telefónica's inter-regional architecture 17
Figure 10: Telefónica's global video platform 18
Figure 11: Verizon's approach to the end-to-end CDN 19
Figure 12: EdgeCast's - OpenCDN federation product 19
Figure 13: Cisco's CDS architecture 21
Figure 14: Cisco's Mobile Videoscape 21
Figure 15: Ericsson's Media Delivery Network 22
Figure 16: Integration of the Mobile Cloud Accelerator 23
Figure 17: The Velocix Digital Media Delivery platform 23
Figure 18: Illustration of a telco CDN deployment using Akamai technology 26
Figure 19: The Ericsson/Akamai partnership 26
Figure 20: Akamai's approach to mobile 27
Figure 21: Excerpt of presentation on CDN federation 27
Figure 22: Limelight Deploy 28
Figure 23: Jet-Stream's Streamzilla CDN 28
Figure 24: The telco CDN market, 2013-2018 30
Figure 25: The history of CDN 34
Figure 26: Cisco's approach to interconnecting CDN 36
Figure 27: Phase 1 of the operator CDN federation pilot initiative 36
Figure 28: Phase 2 of the operator CDN federation pilot initiative 37
Figure 29: Operator CDN federation pilot initiative findings 37
Figure 30: Stages in the CDN federation pilot initiative 38

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