Earlier in the week, TeliaSonera announced a deal with EdgeCast to do a large managed CDN and site acceleration deployment in 3-4 countries where they are the incumbent telecom and have built a specialized sales team of CDN professionals to sell the solutions. For EdgeCast, this is the second large managed CDN deal they have done this year – PT Telekom and now TeliaSonera.
This is another example of two very large telcos, who are going about this the right way in markets where there is ample demand for these services. These are real deals that are signed and have already launched in market, as compared to many others who have announced managed CDN partnerships, but have yet to launch actual services, outside of beta. Unlike some of the other managed CDN announcements where the telcos have competition in those regions, TeliaSonera has a powerful global backbone network and dominant enterprise market position in their home markets, so they have no real competition. The fact that EdgeCast already uses their global backbone to connect their pops around the world and now has embedded pops inside their network makes for a good combination.
If you want to hear more about the managed and licensed CDN market, don’t miss the Content Delivery Summit this Monday, May 20th in NYC. Now in its fifth year, this one-day conference brings together telecom carriers, service providers, content owners, and industry vendors for a detailed look at CDN platforms for the delivery of video and content acceleration. Readers of my blog can register using my own personal discount code of DR13, which gets you a ticket to the show for only $395.