In a new content delivery alliance between the CDN and telecommunications industries, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) and Orange are teaming up, putting Orange's global telecommunications assets to use in ways more efficient for the delivery of content.
Orange will be using Akamai's Aura line of licensed CDN software to develop a comprehensive CDN solution for its global network. Once deployed, they'll begin by marketing the product in Orange's home turf in France, and then move on from there. They'll also be working together on future CDN innovations.
There aren't many networks with the global reach that Orange has and no other CDN has the kind of scale that Akamai has, and it's a natural partnership as things go. There was a time when most of the bigger telecoms were planning to build their own CDN infrastructure from scratch, but lately this has been giving way to a more cooperative environment.
Akamai has been working hard to put the technology in place to move into licensed and managed offerings for service providers. Some of that has been organic of course, but they've been active in M&A as well. Yesterday they purchased Verivue, and in September it was FastSoft.