Orange and Akamai form CDN alliance

Orange and Akamai Technologies have today announced a strategic alliance to address the growing needs of the enterprise sector for improved content delivery.

Orange has agreed to use technology from Akamai’s Aura Network Solutions to provide CDN services to business customers. Upon deployment, the operator’s enterprise division Orange Business Services will market these solutions initially in France. In addition, the two groups have formed an innovation steering committee to identify areas of innovation in the field of CDN solutions.

With CDN solutions based on Akamai technology, Orange will address the increase in web-based traffic, in particular HD video and e-commerce services. CDN systems use a widely distributed network of servers to spread content that would otherwise be concentrated in a few locations.

“We see great potential in this partnership with Akamai,” said Gilles Prunier, SVP in charge of the Smart Networks program at Orange.

“Developing an Orange CDN service, powered by Akamai, will allow us to enrich our existing BtoB services portfolio and to support our customers’ growth by providing them with new and differentiated web features that improve the end-user experience and ultimately increase customer loyalty.”

“Akamai and Orange have a history of bringing unique and innovative solutions to address enterprises’ needs,” said Mark Vargo, SVP and general manager, Akamai EMEA.

“By combining the strengths of two leading technology companies in a single partnership, we believe we can provide enterprises in the French market with a robust and comprehensive set of acceleration and optimization offerings that will help address all aspects of their online businesses.”