Content delivery down under just got a bit easier for Level 3 with a new partnership with Optus. The deal will see Level 3's caching servers placed within Optus's network infrastructure, growing Level 3's CDN capacity in the country by some 300%.
That's a significant capacity boost for Level 3 on a continent where it has never really sought out assets at the fiber layer. Meanwhile, Optus gets the benefits of faster traffic delivery across its network without having to develop a CDN of its own.
Optus is a division of Singtel of course, and operates a national fiber network while holding down the #2 slot in the Australian mobile market. It's a natural partner for Level 3, especially as the Australian incumbent Telstra's global division becomes more aggressive (e.g. the Pacnet deal) in reaching into new markets.
With Level 3's North American markets now humming along and its cash flow making investors happy, more of the company's attention can be spared on opportunities elsewhere in the world. I suspect we will be seeing them to show up more forcefully in the APAC region than they have since the dot com bomb torpedoed the original Tiger cable buildout.
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