Yankee: Carriers could buy CDN assets

It is no secret at this point that major telecom network operators are increasingly interested in making content delivery network capabilities part of their businesses. AT&T recently announced a new CDN unit, Level 3 Communications has made CDN acquisitions and carriers worldwide, such as Tata Communications, have been forging partnerships with CDN companies.

A large number of start-up vendors also have surged into a space that still is being led by CDN pioneer Akamai Technologies. Meanwhile, carriers may find it challenging to match the capacity and scale that Akamai already has in the market. The Yankee Group, in its new CDN scorecard says that is part of what could drive more carriers to buy up some of the smaller dedicated CDN companies. If that happens, do not expect Akamai to sit still either.

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