A major new partnership has been created in the Content Delivery Network (CDN) space between US telco AT&T and CDN specialist Akamai, in which the two companies will together deliver an exclusive suite of global CDN and telecom solutions.
Under the terms of the deal, Akamai will deploy CDN servers at the edge of AT&T’s IP network and in AT&T facilities throughout the United States. The resulting suite of CDN solutions will be jointly marketed, managed and supported by the two companies.
AT&T will transfer its existing CDN operations, customers and service to the Akamai platform in 2013. The companies will initially focus their efforts in North America, with plans to expand globally within 12 months – although how they plan to do this outside AT&T’s network infrastructure was left unexplained.
The companies have also agreed to dedicate shared resources including technical support, customer care, marketing and professional services support.
A recent report from Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News) named Akamai as as the world’s leading CDN services provider worldwide, both in terms of revenues and number of network servers.
The company is increasingly forming alliances with major network operators – last month it teamed up with Orange to deliver CDN services to the latter’s business cutovers, starting in France.
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