18 January 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Verizon has expanded its Edgecast content network to France, Mexico and South Africa and has tripled network capacity.
The company said Verizon Digital Media Services has launched
network points of presence (PoPs) in Mexico and in South
Africa, with plans to open an additional super PoP in France
before the end of March 2018.
The moves will expand the Edgecast content delivery network
(CDN) by over 200%, said Verizon.
Kyle Okamoto, chief network officer for Verizon Digital Media
Services, said: "We have exceeded expectations in scaling our
network to meet today’s and
tomorrow’s digital media delivery demands. We are
wholly committed to continuing to invest and build out our CDN
to ensure the best quality experience across gaming,
application acceleration, e-commerce, media and entertainment
Verizon Digital Media Services already had two PoPs in Mexico,
in Santiago de Querétaro and Puebla, in addition to others in Latin America,
but expanded to Mexico City last month. The company said:
"These three cities were specifically selected with incumbent
networks in the country to ensure optimal quality with a clear
path to further scaling, as quality boosts lead to increased
Now the CDN is directly connected to 95% of internet service
provider consumers in Mexico, the company added.
Verizon Digital Media Services is adding Marseille to its
existing 18 PoPs in Europe, recognising its role as a major
internet hub for southern France and – via subsea
cables – North Africa and the Middle East.
The company’s first PoP in Johannesburg –
its first in Africa – started work in November
Verizon Digital Media Services is part of Oath, the
company’s new name for its content operations
following its acquisition of AOL and Yahoo.