While the rest of the content world is currently obsessed with net neutrality, peering, and the end of the internet as we know it, Akamai is busy developing its carrier relationships. Today that means the announcement of a global CDN alliance with Telefonica.
Telefonica Global Solutions, the carrier's international arm, will be bundling Akamai's CDN platform with its IP backbone to better serve the enterprise market. The effort will be focused on Spain and Latin America of course, where Telefonica is obviously strongest. But they'll be expanding outward to other global markets from there.
Telefonica had rolled their own CDN, without getting much penetration. I'm not at all surprised they went and found a partner to help reboot the effort. Had this been a year ago before the Verizon/EdgeCast deal, however, I wouldn't have picked it to be Akamai -- or at least Akamai would have had to work harder to win them over. Now though, it looks like a no-brainer.
With the World Cup and the Olympics coming to Brazil over the next few years, the Latin American content markets are going to be buzzing. For its part, Akamai yesterday detailed its efforts in helping distribute the Winter Olympics in Sochi for NBC. 10.8M hours of online video is a lot of bits, with 8.5M of them consumed through NBC's online portals.
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