Wednesday, February 13, 2013

AT&T Launches CDN Service Powered by Akamai

AT&T's new CDN Service is now available to U.S. customers.  The launch comes two months after AT&T announced a global strategic alliance with Akamai Technologies to provide content delivery network solutions.  A similar offer for global companies is also planned.

AT&T said that with the deployment of Akamai's CDN infrastructure within the AT&T network, customers are expected to benefit from more efficient content routing and better delivery of digital content, video and Web applications, resulting in a better end-user experience.

The CDN helps website pages to load faster across nearly any network-connected device, including mobile devices.  It provides faster distribution of content rich applications like high-definition video across nearly any connected device. It also accelerates software distribution securely across enterprise networks.

"Our customers require high-performing, secure and reliable content delivery solutions to help them deal with a virtual sea of digital assets like mobile apps, movies, live events and other rich web content," said Jon Summers, Senior Vice President-Growth Platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. "Our new CDN solution allows them to manage and deliver content faster and more efficiently to end-users across broadband, mobile, Wi-Fi, and Intranet connections to virtually any device."

As of 2012, Akamai had over 125,000 servers deployed in more than 2,100 locations in over 1,100 networks worldwide.

  • In December 2012, AT&T formed a strategic alliance with Akamai Technologies to deliver a global suite of content delivery network (CDN) solutions to companies. Under the deal, Akamai will deploy CDN servers at the edge of AT&T's IP network and in AT&T facilities throughout the United States. AT&T will transfer its existing CDN operations, customers and service to the Akamai platform in 2013.  The companies have also agreed to dedicate shared resources including technical support, customer care, marketing and professional services support.  Financial terms were not disclosed.   The companies said the combination of AT&T's network assets with Akamai's CDN will help enterprises simplify content distribution management and drive higher-performing end user experiences for consumers accessing content on the Internet. They hope to expand their efforts internationally within 12 months.