The fault line between the content delivery network and carrier worlds has been rather quiet lately, but today we saw a substantial new buildout by a network operator. Ericsson says it has deployed a CDN for Rostelecom, the largest operator in Russia.
The effort spans 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia, reaching 9.5M broadband customers out of 28 million subscribers with more than 1Tbps of capacity. It’s an effort by Rostelecom to address rising traffic requirements, especially of the video variety.
Of course, the next step will be to get content providers to work with them to use all those multi-service edge servers for OTT content. Just how much of this is about cost management and how much is about monetization of the last mile is unclear. I wonder what the net neutrality debate looks like over in Russia, anyone know?
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