EU telcos telling Apple, Google to pay up
As predicted in our Telco CDN strategies white paper, telcos are feeling more and more pressure from online content services.
In our Telco CDN strategies white paper (25 pages, free, request it from your business email address) we describe the threats and opportunities and how CDN technology can help both content providers and network operators work together instead of fight. Both parties need each other!
Comcast vs Level3
Level3 took over the Netflix deal from Akamai. By undercutting Akamai’s pricing. That’s how they get their business, they buy market share purely on price. They have been offering CDN services at price points so low (isn’t price dumping illegal?) that there has to be a catch. And there is. Access providers are paying the bill.
I’ve been writing about this topic in general before, and it is my opinion that Level3 is falsely stating net neutrality abuse and is itself the cause of the problem with Comcast. Comcast wrote this to the FCC (which is the Goverment Communication agency in the USA).
Let’s go back to the basic principles of the Internet:
CDN World Summit
I enjoyed to see how CDN World Summit professionalized in just a year. Last year, with an audience of 75(?) we primarily saw telco R&D guys pitching their academic technologies. And vendors doing commercial pitches. This year, with over 200 people, it was more about strategies and business.
Many companies are investing in online content services. YouTube, Hulu, broadcasters, publishers. These companies build business cases on the boom of online video: advertisement models, subscription models and pay-per-view models. Their business cases depend on scalability and performance of the internet, both broadband and mobile.
Internet vs cable
Cable operators offer good quality and quality of service, but their limited number of channels and titles can never compete with the vast number of internet channels and billions of online videos. Consumers don’t want to be locked into a package anymore. They want to pull content. Subscribers want to be in control. The internet is open and therefore the distribution infrastructure of today and the future. Digital television operators who ignore this fact will face a very difficult future.
CDN federation, standards
The number of deployed CDNs within telcos and hosting providers is growing fast. We have deployed a lot of CDNs in the past year, and there is a waiting list for deployments for this year. The need for connecting CDNs together is growing. This post gives more details about our inter-CDN / CDN federation standards and the pilots we do in this area.