Quite a bit of news this week from the alternative CDNs despite CompTel, with multiple items each from Level 3, EdgeCast, and CDNetworks plus the launch of CDN.net:
EdgeCast Networks picked up another carrier partner yesterday. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (TELIN) is going to be building out their own CDN capability, and using EdgeCast's technology to do it. EdgeCast has spent the last year or more focused on winning carriers as partners, and is coming off a profitable 2012 in which it saw revenues double and customers rise to more than 6,000.
Yesterday also saw a new entry into the CDN space. CDN.net launched as what it bills as the first user-customizable and usage-based CDN. No commitments, configurable on the fly, and 30 premium PoPs with 150 planned in all worldwide - we'll have to watch where this one goes from here.
Level 3's CDN business both won a contract and added a far-flung PoP recently. VEVO has selected their cloud storage, encoding, and global delivery capabilities to power a new 24/7 music video channel aimed at mobile devices. Yep, MTV rebooted for the iPad, who'd've thunk. Meanwhile, way over in the United Arab Emirates, Level 3 has partnered with EtiSalat to put a CDN node at the Middle Eastern carrier's Smarthub facility.
Speaking of the UAE, CDNetworks also moved into Dubai by joining du's Datamena ecosystem. CDNetworks specializes in content delivery to the harder to reach places in the world, and yesterday they claimed the title of 'most global authoritative DNS network'. They now have 48 cloud DNS servers worldwide, up from 37 last year with expansions in Asia, Russia, Europe, and South America.
And just in as I wrote this, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) has done some partnering of its own by forging an alliance with Swisscom. The Swiss-based carrier will be their go-to partner, reselling CDN services to their in the Alpine customer base.