Russia’s Rostelecom deploys “groundbreaking” CDN

Russian operator Rostelecom has deployed what it claims is one of the world’s largest operator content delivery networks (CDN). The network sees the deployment of content servers in 30 major Russian cities by Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson, which said that the platform will enable Rostelecom to create sustainable businesses in partnership with over the top (OTT) service providers.

“The CDN design and integration is ground-breaking in terms of both capability and geographic span, with content servers located in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia,” Ericsson said in a statement.

“In addition, the network has a capacity of more than one terabit per second serving Rostelecom’s 9.5 million broadband customers, from a total base of 28 million subscribers.”

The Russian operator is deploying the network to address the escalating rise in network traffic, the global consumer uptake of online video, and the growing popularity of over-the-top (OTT) services. It expects the new network to enable Russian consumers to enjoy higher video quality and a better user experience with diminished load time and buffering thanks to reduced network latency and increased throughput.

“With competition between content providers at an all-time high, quality and speed of delivery to consumers has become a critical differentiator,” said Rostelecom executive director and director for corporate and government segments.

“Our ground-breaking CDN will ensure we can quickly reach consumers with the best quality – including HD and 3D formats – without delays or interruptions. This guaranteed quality of experience is especially important to content providers who want to ensure customer satisfaction and foster brand loyalty.”

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