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Orcon builds Content Delivery Network for Sky
Posted on 28-Sep-2010 09:36 | Tags Filed under: News



Orcon has announced it is building a nationwide Content Delivery Network (CDN) that will support SKY’s new online TV service, iSKY.

iSKY will let SKY subscribers access SKY content from their computers, and is set to go live before Christmas.

The CDN will employ Alcatel-Lucent’s next-generation Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform, and is underpinned by Kordia’s nationwide data network. Ultimately the CDN will peer openly with any broadband service provider, and be able to support any content provider.

“Put simply, the Velocix technology enables us to build a network that supports the distribution of high quality internet-based video,” says Charlie Boyd, Orcon’s head of wholesale.

“We install Velocix technology at strategic points on the Kordia network around the country, and use these points to stream data from.

“Ultimately this is about getting content housed closer to the end user, reducing the cost to access it and reducing the price to consumers.

“As streaming TV web sites and video-on-demand grow in popularity, the amount of online video watched by broadband users is growing at an incredible rate. By leveraging Velocix, we can offer content providers a local CDN solution that meets their specific requirements, with the assurance of knowing Velocix’s technology and services are proven by telcos and broadcasters around the world.”

Richard Last, Director of New Media says, “We needed a smart and robust way to create a network to deliver large amounts of content in a cost-effective and reliable way. Using Velocix and Orcon we are able to do this.”

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its next-generation Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform in key centres across New Zealand, allowing Orcon to offer broadcasters, content distributors and web-site owners a faster and more efficient connection to broadband users across multiple networks and devices including PCs, mobiles and TVs. The Velocix platform will enable Orcon to cost-effectively meet the fast-growing demand for online video, as well as to open up new revenue opportunities.

“As video-on-demand and streaming TV web sites grow in popularity, the amount of online video watched by broadband users is growing at an incredible rate,” said Charlie Boyd, Head of Wholesale at Orcon. “By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix infrastructure, we can offer content providers a local content delivery network (CDN) solution that meets their specific requirements, with the assurance of knowing its technology and services are proven by telcos and broadcasters around the world.

Jyoti Mahurkar-Thombre, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s New Zealand operations said: “We are witnessing an explosion in data traffic over both fixed and mobile networks. As New Zealand moves towards a fibre-based ultra-fast broadband future, that exponential growth in online video will only continue.”



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