With its Content Delivery Network managed service, Bell Canada is saying that instead of fighting the end-user's use of online video we can actually make some money by providing online video providers a high bandwidth pipe to carry their services. Delivered through a partnership with Limelight Networks, a provider of video software platforms, the Bell CDN will offer customers what it says is a dedicated, network-based IP infrastructure. Limelight's software platform will be run over Bell's IP network, infrastructure and data centers throughout Canada. To provide global reach, the Bell CDN will be integrated into Limelight's global network of data centers and then be interconnected by a dedicated fiber backbone.
Customers using the service will be able to avoid traffic snags associated with the public Internet by gaining access to a dedicated network with 3 Tbps of global throughput and 10 GigE network edge connections. But this is not just a bells and whistles announcement. The telco is launching the CDN service with a customer win from Astral Media. Astral Media's TV networks, including its family.ca, themovienetwork.ca and supercan.com, will leverage the Bell CDN to deliver and monetize online video services.
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