Sky TV installs Nokia's content delivery network

Sky TV installs Nokia's content delivery network

Nokia’s Velocix content delivery network (CDN) has been deployed by entertainment channel Sky TV.

Sky believes that deployment of the Nokia Velocix content delivery network (CDN) allows it to temporarily cache content closer to customers in localised cloud data centres to reduce transportation costs.

The Nokia solution provides better visibility for traffic demands and flows, ensuring greater predictability of performance and network usage compared to its current CDN service.

Traffic has been live on the network since the end of 2015.

Paul Larbey, head of Nokia's IP video business, said: "The Sky project represents a milestone for Nokia as it's the first deployment for a nationwide broadcaster and builds on Nokia's number one position in the service provider CDN market. It shows that our Velocix CDN - which delivers high-quality programming - aligns with the needs of broadcasters and content providers in addition to those of IPTV and cable operators. Our innovative IP video portfolio will help Sky manage traffic more cost-effectively and efficiently."

Sky can now modify how a request for content from subscribers is treated depending on a user's location or device.

The Nokia solution currently serves the Sky On Demand service content. Sky and Nokia are working to expand the Velocix solution to support Sky Go and Now TV services for live TV and video on demand.

The Velocix solution gives Sky greater deployment efficiencies in terms of data centre density and footprint.

Mohamed Hammady, UK chief technology officer, Sky said: "Using Nokia's Velocix CDN, we have greater traffic visibility in the network, allowing us to regain control of managing the network capacity. Deploying the solution deep in the network also ensures we can manage delivery more effectively to improve performance and the customer experience. The introduction of Velocix CDN to support growth of our video on demand services was seamless."