The number of broadband subscribers worldwide will increase by around 50% over the next five years to reach 940mn by the end of 2018, with Asia-Pacific driving much of this growth according to new figures from UK research firm Point Topic.
Global IP traffic is set to grow three-fold between 2012 and 2017, according to research from Cisco, whose latest Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast predicts that more than a trillion gigabytes will be transmitted over IP networks each year by 2017.
US firms Qwilt and Limelight Networks have formed a technology partnership that will leverage their respective strengths in transparent caching and content delivery networks to develop an end-to-end video delivery architecture that delivers over-the-top (OTT) content as close to viewers as possible.
The 2012 CDN World Summit was one of the biggest yet, bringing together the customary mix of network operators, manufacturers, traditional CDNs, content owners and other industry players for three-days of presentations, panel discussions and, of course, networking.
A recent report by IHS Screen Digest predicts reveals that the costs of OTT will rise to uncompetitive levels when they need to be scaled up to broadcast volume levels: the reasoning being that traditional broadcasting is delivered via multicasting and that OTT is delivered via unicasting.
This year’s IBC event lacked a big, overarching theme, or new “wow” topic to get journalists, analysts and market-watchers foaming at the mouth. And that’s no bad thing. It’s the sign of a maturing industry, and as a result, the show retained a healthy focus on improving existing products and trying to get the big things – multiscreen, OTT, hybrid – right. Nevertheless, there was plenty on show that highlighted that the market remains miles away from anything resembling certainty.
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