Pacnet announces EdgeCast-based CDN

Rob Powell/Telecom Ramblings
15 Sep 2011
Pacific bandwidth specialist Pacnet is making a substantial move deeper into the CDN business.
Two years ago, they stuck a toe into the CDN pool by starting to resell Internap’s CDN services. But as with many telecommunications companies' efforts at the time, little had ever come of it.
Yesterday though that changed, as Pacnet announced their intention to deploy a CDN of their own based on technology licensed from EdgeCast aimed at content creators in the media, entertainment, and gaming industries.
The new CDN offering will be in place by the end of 2011, with PoPs in the major Asian markets. Pacnet will leverage its submarine cable footprint, which criss-crosses the region. That will give them control over bandwidth costs, and while pricing is falling on Asian and Transpacific routes, it’s still higher than in the US and Europe. Perhaps those Data Landing Stations they have been working on over the past year will also come into play.
For EdgeCast, this is another large carrier partner to go with its announced partners DT, Global Crossing, Telus, and AAPT, as well as its unannounced but known foothold at AT&T. EdgeCast has aggressively pursued such partnerships with telecommunications companies, some being simple reselling deals with others licensing their technology in full.
The company has been growing at a high rate lately – making a run at the sector’s leaders even as Limelight seems disenchanted with the whole thing.


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