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Verizon beefs up content delivery network

Verizon is building on its EdgeCast acquisition

Following its acquisition of content delivery network provider EdgeCast, Verizon Digital Media Services has started adding direct local connectivity to many of the world’s largest broadband providers, streamlining delivery and distribution of content to ensure high-quality user experiences and handle traffic spikes as connected devices, user bases and file sizes continue to grow.

Verizon said it has been expanding the capacity of the Verizon EdgeCast CDN, adding more than 20 new points of presence in major cities around the world since January. These cities include Warsaw, Stockholm, Milan, Vienna, Melbourne, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, Batam, Jakarta and Sao Paulo. The company also expanded its presence with additional POPs in many cities already served, including London, Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam.

“The majority of our customers offer their services to a global audience. Our continued worldwide expansion means content is as close as possible to the end-user’s digital doorstep,” said James Segil, chief marketing officer, Verizon Digital Media Services. “Continuing to add points of presence to our network helps our customers deliver even their largest files quickly and efficiently no matter whether the viewer is watching video, shopping, gaming or sharing content.”

The company acquired EdgeCast’s capabilities in a bid to satisfy the expected exponential growth in online digital media content consumption and as demand grows from content providers and online consumers, Verizon Digital Media Services plans to add additional global POPs to meet that need.

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Located in one of the world’s busiest business gateways, Verizon said it is now part of a massive and diverse carrier-neutral Brazil colocation site in Sao Paulo. Claiming to serve as one of the most important internet exchanges in the region, this Verizon-owned data center is in Sao Paulo’s high-tech corridor and has redundancy links across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Verizon has been focusing on content delivery capabilities of late. At the start of the year the company agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. And prior to that it bought technology from upLynk, that streamlines the process of uploading and encoding of video for live, linear and video-on-demand content.


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