Pacnet: “Asia will continue to lead in using CDNs”

Jon Vestal, VP CDN products at Pacnet

Jon Vestal, VP CDN products at Pacnet

Jon Vestal, Vice President of CDN products at Pacnet, gives his predictions for Asia’s CDN industry in 2013, including the development of better remote DNS services, the introduction of more telco CDNs, and a rise in interconnected CDNs.

Jon will be speaking at the TV Connect Asia event taking place in Hong Kong on 9th-10th April 2013. For more information and to register, please visit

Increased CDN adoption among Asian mobile operators

“Asia will continue to take the lead in using content delivery networks (CDNs) to deliver data over mobile networks,” says Jon.

“This is evidenced by the trials being conducted by some of Asia’s biggest mobile operators including Telstra, KT and SK Telecom, to name a few.

Mobile operators, particularly those that are focused on emerging markets, are motivated by the potential cost savings they can derive from using CDNs to deliver international and intra-Asia traffic, as well as the new revenue streams they can generate from CDN services.”

Making remote DNS more geo-aware

“There has been a significant increase in the number of CDN operators using remote Domain Name System (DNS) services to support content delivery, taking advantage of its economies of scale and simplified management.

We foresee the development of better solutions to overcome performance issues associated with usage of remote DNS, which are due in part to its inability to accurately track the closest server on which to serve content.”

More telcos will introduce CDN services

“More and more telecommunications companies will be adding CDN services to their portfolio in an effort to minimise capital expenditure (capex) on broadband infrastructure, while enabling better data delivery experience to their subscribers.

Because they own the networks and access to last mile over which video content is transmitted, telco CDNs have advantages over traditional CDNs as they can deliver content closer to their customers.

They can cache content deep in their networks, minimising the distance that video data travels over the Internet, delivering content more quickly and reliably.”

Growth of interconnected CDNs

“As more CDN players realise the benefits of easy access to an aggregated audience, it is likely that more interconnected CDNs will be formed in the near future.

This type of CDN network will grow as new telcos join the group, bringing network presence and Internet subscriber bases to the existing ones.”


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