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Telco CDN - What Place for Operators?

  • Published: December 2012
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  • Akamai
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  • KDDI
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
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Facing the growth in Internet traffic, especially video, the major telecom operators are now deploying CDNs in their networks.

They could potentially upset the entire video distribution ecosystem.

However, technical deployments are complex and the commercial challenges are daunting in a market that is already very competitive. This study gives the status of this new market and provides information on the positioning of the various players in the value chain.

- What are the operators' initiatives in CDN?
- How will the other players (traditional CDNs, commercial CDNs, content providers) react to operator CDNs?
- What objectives do operators want to achieve with CDNs?
- Can operators be technically and economically competitive?
- Why is the CDN federation essential to this market's development?
- What are the prospects for this market?


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1. Executive Summary
1.1. Arbitrages for telcos about telco CDN on handling growth in video traffic
1.2. Confrontation in CDN between operators, traditional CDN and Internet giants
1.3. A limited position for telco CDN in the short term, but with significant long-term potential
2. Methodology
3. Major telco CDN principles
3.1. Context
3.1.1. Global landscape
3.1.2. Content distribution options on the Internet
3.2. Traditional CDN
3.2.1. Associated technologies
3.2.2. Markets
3.3. Telco CDN and transparent caching
3.3.1. Principle of telco CDN
3.3.2. Principle of transparent caching
3.3.3. Telco CDN as a new business model for operators?
3.3.4. Many objectives for telco CDN
4. Player deployments and strategies
4.1. Operator positioning
4.1.1. AT&T
4.1.2. BT
4.1.3. Comcast
4.1.4. Deutsche Telekom
4.1.5. KDDI
4.1.6. Orange
4.1.7. SFR
4.1.8. Verizon
4.1.9. Telefonica
4.1.10. Telecom Italia
4.1.11. KPN
4.1.12. KT
4.1.13. Telstra
4.1.14. TDF
4.1.15. Bell Canada
4.1.16. Telecom Argentina
4.2. Equipment supplier positioning
4.2.1. Summary
4.2.2. Cisco
4.2.3. Alcatel-Lucent
4.2.4. Juniper Networks
4.2.5. Huawei
4.2.6. Ericsson
4.2.7. Nokia Siemens Networks
4.2.8. HP
4.3. CDN positioning
4.3.1. Summary
4.3.2. Akamai
4.3.3. Limelight Networks
4.3.4. Edgecast
4.3.5. JetStream
4.4. Transit provider positioning
4.4.1. Summary
4.4.2. Level3
4.4.3. Tata
4.4.4. Cogent
4.5. Major content provider positioning
4.5.1. Summary
4.5.2. Google
4.5.3. Netflix
4.5.4. Facebook
4.6. Positioning of other technical service providers involved
4.6.1. Summary
4.6.2. SkyTide
4.6.3. PeerApp
4.6.4. Qwilt
4.6.5. Verivue
4.6.6. BlueCoat
5. Strategic Analysis
5.1. Regulatory issues and Net Neutrality
5.2. Technical Issues
5.2.1. CDN sizing
5.2.2. What content can be cached?
5.2.3. DNS redirection issue
5.2.4. Problems implementing analysis tools
5.2.5. Multiscreen and mobile
5.2.6. QoS
5.3. Federation of CDN
5.3.1. CDN interconnection
5.3.2. Broker concept
5.3.3. Load balancing and multi-CDN management
5.3.4. Developments for federation
5.4. Economic issues
5.4.1. Network investment
5.4.2. Economic transfers between players
5.4.3. Decisions on setting price
5.5. Relationships between players
5.6. Market Potential

Table 1: CDN industry rates
Table2: Telco CDN Initiatives
Table 3: Acquisitions and partnerships of the major equipment suppliers
Table 4: Equipment supplier positioning
Table 5: Pricing based on customer location
Table 6: Positioning of various traditional CDN around telco CDN
Table7: Various positions of major transit providers
Table 8: Various distribution choices for content providers
Table 9: Primary transparent caching providers
Table 10: List of the main CDN brokers
Table11: Retail and wholesale revenue from video distribution

Figure 1: Change in Internet traffic by service category, 2009-2014
Figure 2: Worldwide investment in fixed and mobile networks, 2007-2013
Figure 3: Comparison of the increase in traffic costs and access revenue
Figure 4: Share of Google's traffic using direct peering
Figure 5: CDN concept
Figure 6: Traffic simulation tools
Figure 7: Akamai's mobile architecture for iPhone
Figure 8: Description of traffic optimisation
Figure 9: Worldwide CDN market
Figure 10: Changes in the share of value added services at Akamai, 2008-2015
Figure 11: CDN unit cost decline (compared to the previous year)
Figure 12: Principle of transparent caching: interception and redirection to a cache if the content is
Figure 13: Changes in the revenue model for operators with telco CDN
Figure 14: AT&T's CDN strategy
Figure 15: Argument for CDN federation, 2010
Figure 16: BT's role in the value chain
Figure 17: Various business models offered by BT
Figure 18: Description of BT Content Connect with the various classes of service
Figure 19: Comcast's road map
Figure 20: Map of Comcast's CDN
Figure 21: Map of the Edgecast "network"
Figure 22: Evaluation of Deutsche Telekom's CDN implementation strategy
Figure 23 : Creating a network dedicated to QoS
Figure 24: CDN interconnection using an OCX platform
Figure 25: KDDI Infrastructure
Figure 26: Objective for acquiring CDNetworks
Figure 27: Telco CDN used to converge KDDI's fixed and mobile networks
Figure 28: Orange's CDN presence
Figure 29: SFR's distribution chain
Figure 30: End to end CDN product
Figure 31: Verizon's CDN coverage in the United States
Figure 32: Telefonica's presence
Figure 33: Telefonica's distribution network deployment project
Figure 34: Telefonica's telco CDN as close as possible to the customer
Figure 35: P4P Architecture with ISP intervening
Figure 36: CDNetworks' global presence
Figure 37: KT's data nodes presence
Figure 38: KT's CDN deployment
Figure 39: Telstra's CDN solution
Figure 40: Targeted advertising using CDN
Figure 41: TDF's offer (Media Services) in the value chain
Figure 42: Evolution of CDN business models
Figure 43: Bell Canada's CDN network
Figure 44: Telecom Argentina's CDN architecture
Figure 45: Structure of equipment suppliers’ CDN offers
Figure 46: Cisco's Videoscape solution
Figure 47: Cisco's CDS platform
Figure 48: Ingestion, caching and distribution
Figure 49: Cisco Mobile Videoscape
Figure 50: CDN implementation in BT's network
Figure 51: Phase 1 of the CDN operator federation pilot
Figure 52: Phase 2 of the CDN operator federation pilot
Figure 53: Velocix Digital Media Delivery platform Architecture
Figure 54: Integration of CDN in the existing network
Figure 55: Juniper's MediaFlow Controller
Figure 56: Media Flow Solution position within the network
Figure 57: Media Flow at the network edge
Figure 58: Juniper's solution for mobile network
Figure 59: Huawei's SmartCDN topology
Figure 60: Location of iCache in the network
Figure 61: iCache architecture, Huawei-Symantec transparent caching solution
Figure 62: Ericsson's Media Delivery Network functionalities
Figure 63: HP's SpeedVideo CDN global architecture
Figure 64: Description of Akamai's portfolio of services
Figure 65: Illustration of telco CDN deployment based on Akamai technology
Figure 66: List of Akamai's offer for operators
Figure 67: Extract of a presentation on CDN federation, May 2012
Figure 68: Types of applications targeted by the Ericsson-Akamai partnership
Figure 69: Outline of the Ericsson-Akamai partnership
Figure 70: Akamai's view on mobile: extend its presence to the foot of the tower
Figure 71: Growth in Limelight Network's revenue and net profit
Figure 72: Value added services' share in Limelight revenue
Figure 73: Limelight Deploy description
Figure 74: Edgecast's Network
Figure 75: Edgecast and PeerApp partnership proposition
Figure 76: Edgecast's Vision
Figure 77: Telco CDN Federation
Figure 78: JetStream's Streamzilla CDN network
Figure 79: Description of Level3's services
Figure 80: Description of Level3's "Intelligent Traffic Manager"
Figure 81: Change in various financial indicators
Figure 82: Key metrics for the Level3-Global Crossing combination
Figure 83: Effect of Level3's acquisition of Global Crossing
Figure 84: Combined networks of Level3 and Global Crossing
Figure 85: Tata Communications' product line
Figure 86: Detailed description of Tata's CDN offer in India
Figure 87: Change in Cogent's revenue
Figure 88: Google's quarterly CAPEX spending since 2006
Figure 89: Distribution of costs for the various CDN Netflix uses, before (on the left) and after (on
the right) introducing Open Connect
Figure 90: Netflix's CDN peering points
Figure 91: One day's traffic on Facebook in North America
Figure 92: SkyTide role within CDN landscape
Figure 93: Example of measures taken by SkyTide
Figure 94: Federated CDN
Figure 95: PeerApp's transparent caching solution
Figure 96: Cache improves flow
Figure 97: Amount of traffic that can be cached
Figure 98: Qwilt's distribution solution
Figure 99: Deployment of Verivue's tools
Figure 100: How BlueCoat's transparent caching works
Figure 101: How BlueCoat's CacheFlow transparent caching works
Figure 102: Optimisation by consolidating servers
Figure 103: Storage based on popularity
Figure 104: Ability to cache based on position in the mobile network
Figure 105: CDN interconnection concept
Figure 106: Cisco's vision for CDN interconnection
Figure 107: Federation of CDN initiations
Figure 108: Illustration of the performance of various CDN on Deutsche Telekom's network
Figure 109: Cascading model revenue flow
Figure 110: Illustration of the "pay per cache" model
Figure 111: Telco CDN market, 2010-2017

- AT&T
- BT
- Comcast
- Deutsche Telekom
- Orange
- Verizon
- Telefonica
- Telecom Italia
- KT
- Telstra
- Bell Canada
- Telecom Argentina
- Cisco
- Alcatel-Lucent
- Juniper Networks
- Huawei
- Ericsson
- Nokia Siemens Networks
- HP
- Summary
- Akamai
- Limelight Networks
- Edgecast
- JetStream
- Summary
- Level3
- Tata
- Cogent
- Google
- Netflix
- Facebook
- Summary
- SkyTide
- PeerApp
- Qwilt
- Verivue
- BlueCoat

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