Orange, Akamai forge content delivery alliance

Editor | 21-11-2012

Even leading telcos' CEOs would concede that some carriers do not fully appreciate the complexities of content delivery: Orange, though, is not making this mistake.

The European telco giant has entered into partnership with content delivery network pioneer Akamai to develop a CDN solution that will enhance content optimisation and acceleration services for mobile products and services.

Orange says that empowered with Akamai CDNs it can fully address what it describes as an exponential increase in Web-based traffic, in particular that derived from HD video. Through the partnership, Orange is confident that it can meet its customers' needs, particularly in the media by providing cutting-edge video solutions and Web-acceleration services, addressing what it says is the growing market demand for content delivery.

"We see great potential in this partnership with Akamai," said Gilles Prunier, senior vice president in charge of the Smart Networks programme at Orange. "Developing an Orange CDN service, powered by Akamai, will allow us to enrich our existing B to B services portfolio and to support our customers' growth by providing them with new and differentiated Web features that improve the end-user experience and ultimately increase customer loyalty."

"Akamai and Orange have a history of bringing unique and innovative solutions to address enterprises' needs," added Mark Vargo, senior vice president and general manager, Akamai EMEA. "By combining the strengths of two leading technology companies in a single partnership, we believe we can provide enterprises in the French market with a robust and comprehensive set of acceleration and optimisation offerings that will help address all aspects of their online businesses."