|[January 09, 2012]
EdgeCast Launches Licensed CDN Program Following Global Deployment of Two Major Carrier CDNs
SANTA MONICA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
After reaching major milestones with two top telecommunications
carriers, EdgeCast Networks, the world's fastest and most reliable
content delivery network (CDN),
officially announced its licensed
CDN program. Following two years of success and traction within the
carrier community, EdgeCast is the first CDN provider to successfully
build a production CDN on behalf of a tier one telecommunications
The company has reached the General Acceptance milestone in its design,
development, and deployment of a licensed CDN for a tier one U.S.
telecommunications carrier. This comes just three months after EdgeCast
signed a licensing agreement with Pacnet - one of Asia's largest
telecommunications carriers - to power Pacnet's
For the last two years, a top tier U.S. carrier has reshaped its CDN
strategy around the EdgeCast technology platform. Rather than building
another CDN at a cost that could have easily exceeded $100 million, the
carrier realized significant cost, time, and performance benefits by
leveraging EdgeCast's proven CDN software to deploy a licensed CDN on
their own infrastructure. The carrier's formal General Acceptance
follows a 12-month phased adoption project, during which EdgCast met or
exceeded each milestone and proved ongoing technical, operational, and
Two weeks ago, EdgeCast transferred control to the U.S. carrier of its
own fully functional, high-performance CDN with more than a dozen points
of presence across the U.S. The EdgeCast software covers the entire CDN
stack: content delivery for caching and streaming; load balancing;
network and server management; reporting; customer and account
provisioning; technical support; and other back office functionality.
"Handing a major carrier the keys to its own independent CDN is a major
step for our carrier market strategy," said James Segil, president of
EdgeCast Networks. "We're uniquely positioned to help carriers build a
scalable, battle-tested CDN, because we first built our own - one that's
now trusted by more than 4,000 of the world's busiest sites. This deal,
alongside our successful, direct CDN business, will give millions of
consumers turbo-charged access to high-demand content. This milestone is
the proof that we're not just talking about helping carriers - we're
actually doing it."
Another carrier, Pacnet (News - Alert) - one of the busiest carriers in Asia - is the
second carrier to license and deploy a content delivery network powered
by EdgeCast CDN software. Pacnet announced its deal with EdgeCast in
September and began selling its Asian CDN service three weeks ago.
"We decided to work with EdgeCast because we were very impressed by the
company's technology, performance, and deep CDN experience," said Bill
Barney, CEO of Pacnet. "And our experience working with them has proven
this out. In just three months, EdgeCast was able to take us from
concept to live customer content delivery."
The next phase of deployment with these carriers - and additional
licensed and managed carrier
CDN deployments EdgeCast will announce shortly - is the federation
of traffic across multiple CDNs to enable them to offer content delivery
into markets where they do not have network infrastructure.
The EdgeCast carrier strategy has been to give carriers a phased CDN
solution that provides flexibility, choice, and a fast time to market.
"We offer carriers a solution for every possible scenario from reseller
to managed CDN to licensed CDN," said Segil. "Since EdgeCast is both a
CDN operator and a software provider, we can allow carriers to resell
our network, we can manage their CDNs for them, or license them the
software so they can run their own independent CDNs."
Carriers are working with EdgeCast in four ways:
Reselling EdgeCast CDN services via white-label offerings (e.g.
Deutsche Telecom, TELUS (News - Alert), AAPT)
Building a managed
CDN on the carrier's network, managed by EdgeCast (2 APAC carriers)
Licensing EdgeCast CDN software and services to deploy and manage a
CDN on own networks (e.g. the large US carrier and Pacnet, discussed
Federation: buying and selling CDN capacity among one another on a
wholesale basis (today, three CDNs are able to federate traffic with
EdgeCast has partnered with more than 10 carriers worldwide and is
currently building CDN points of presence for carriers in five countries.
About EdgeCast Networks
Delivering any data, anywhere, anytime, EdgeCast is the world's fastest
and most reliable content delivery network. The EdgeCast network serves
more than 1.5 billion objects per hour on behalf of its customers and
carries approximately 4% of worldwide Internet traffic. The company's
software licensing group helps network operators deploy proven CDN
technology on their own IP networks. To learn more, visit www.edgecast.com.
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