CDN Roundup: EdgeCast,, Level 3, CDNetworks, Akamai

March 14th, 2013 by · 5 Comments

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

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. 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.

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  • lastbutnotleast says:

    You have to wonder why lvlt doesn’t get it…specifically, their approach to sales and sales people. The constatnt churn over the last 7-10 yrs has to have had an impact both in client relationships as well as as expense. Close the revolving door, pay your people for their effort/results …think long term rather than qtr to qtr.

  • ABC says:

    LVLT= ponzi scheme but technically legal. Enough said. Compare all the Exec’s salary and bonuses, etc. with the share price over the years if you want proof.

  • anotherposter says:

    the churn is a direct result of SAT team members not sharing their knowledge base with the sales people who have their feet on the street. Trying to engage a SAT member on an opportunity was like pulling teeth at times- if the opportunity was not a fortune 500 account it was “i’ll get to it when i get to it…” thats why the old SAT CDN architects were churned.

  • OscarGoss says:

    Mirror-Image, is another major content delivery network provider.

  • Vick says:

    Since then Edgecast has become one of the leaders in the industry with its SuperPOPs (points of presence) that are located on five continents. Of course, there are many other cdn networks but Edgecast constantly works to overperform those other networks improving the services it provides. So the website’s owner may be ensured that his website that is on Edgecast’s servers is fast, secured and optimized. Here is the full performance comparison of Edgecast vs CDNetworks, for example

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