This article was original published in RapidTV News (March 2, 2018)
Telecoms infrastructure and services firm Ericsson is introducing a shared CDN into its unified delivery network (UDN) platform, offering service providers the advantages of a private CDN technology without the upfront software and operational costs.
The company says that by deploying the UDN’s CDN application, a service provider avoids incurring large up-front expenses, doesn’t need to assign resources for global or operator CDN integration and troubleshooting, while being assured of providing an unrivalled experience to the content providers' end customers, says the company.
Ericsson believes that about half of all traffic in mobile networks is video and predicts that the figure will increase to 75% by 2022. Furthermore, the growth of online video will require service providers to have more capacity and functionality as video from traditional pay-TV networks shifts quickly to streaming.
It believes that with the UDN, service providers can now reliably deliver and monetise this potential by deploying caches at the edge of their network, closer to end consumers. Ericsson adds that content providers can also benefit from an enhanced media and video delivery service with the ability to monetise the delivery of the assets and that with the likes of 4KTV, VR and multi-camera user experiences on the horizon, the need for higher speed, low latency edge networks will only continue to grow.
“We’ve invested directly in the UDN platform in partnership with mobile and fixed broadband service providers and our network is live and carrying traffic all over the world,” said Ericsson vice president and general manager of UDN Marcus Bergstrom. “We will continue to listen carefully to our partners and customers as we prepare to launch new edge computer applications this year with new technology partners to unlock the true potential of edge networks.”