Lots to catch up on in the CDN sector this week, which has been relatively quiet lately otherwise:
Netflix has picked its next international target: Scandanavia. They plan to launch streaming services in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland by the end of the year. Seems like an obvious target, given the region's depth of connectivity and willingness to consume bits online. Netflix announced plans a few months ago to bring much of its CDN in house over the next couple of years.
Highwinds is taking aim at the gaming sector with the launch of an expanded GDN solutions suite, GDN being an acronym for Game Delivery Network of course. Highwinds' GDN now includes an integrated download manager, launcher, patcher and other new services made possible via their partnership with Solid State Networks.
ChinaCache and Hutchison Global Communications have sealed a strategic partnership to better take on the Asian CDN market. ChinaCache's mainland China infrastructure and HGC's global connectivity should be complementary, especially when it comes to reaching into South East Asia.
CDNetworks and its Russian partner MegaFon picked up a new contract with the cloud content services provider Dulton Media. Dulton Media is leveraging MegaFon's network assets and CDNetworks' 6 Russian POPs to offer aggressive SLAs across the continent. CDNetworks is part of the KDDI empire these days, specializing in CDN reach into hard to reach emerging markets. The MegaFon relationship came about last fall.
And finally, Dan Rayburn reports that AT&T seems to have given up part of its dream of in-house CDN services. They're said to be in negotiations with both Akamai and Limelight for reselling deals. AT&T still has that relationship with EdgeCast on the wholesale side which will probably continue unaffected, but this is more about what functionality they will offer to their enterprise customers. Still, gotta figure EdgeCast would rather that AT&T found a way to unify the efforts.