Pacnet develops CDN platform through EdgeCast

14 September 2011 | Kavit Majithia


Pacnet has announced it will deliver a new next-generation content delivery network (CDN) service through EdgeCast.

The Asian carrier says its new strategic plan is intended to accelerate the delivery of digital content to a growing global audience, and enable business customers to benefit from a better web experience across Asia. Pacnet CEO Bill Barney said the company's content delivery strategy will complement its extensive regional subsea network coverage, and data centres in Asia.

"With web content growing richer, CDN services have rapidly become increasingly important to digital content creators, especially in the media, entertainment and gaming industries, and are key to helping them monetise their content and ultimatately grow their business," added Chris Wilson, SVP of product strategy and management at Pacnet.

Wilson said Pacnet will have full end-to-end control of the CDN network and it will be leveraged by its fully-owned hosting infrastructure.

EdgeCast has played an important role in the development of CDN in the market with over 10 carrier customers licensing its CDN capabilities since its formation in 2006. James Segil, president and co-founder of the company said: "We are delighted that Pacnet has chosen EdgeCast technology for its CDN solution and believe that the synergy between our CDN technology and Pacnet's extensive network infrastructure will deliver a unique CDN solution that will accelerate the web experience across Asia."

Pacnet's CDN service is expected to be in operation by the end of 2011 with several PoPs in major cities across the continent.

To read more about the role CDN plays in the telecoms market read our feature on Carrying Content in the September issue of Capacity magazine.