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Jul 30 2009   1:48AM GMT

Velocix purchase positions Alcatel-Lucent in CDN market



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Tags:
Alcatel-Lucent
content delivery networks
Deep Packet Inspection
telecom equipment

The growing interest of telcos in content delivery networks (CDNs) is the driver behind the acquisition of CDN specialist Velocix by Alcatel-Lucent. We’ve noted both here and in our Netwatcher newsletter that operators like CDNs because it gives them a paying role in over-the-top content distribution, as well as a means of providing their own video-on-demand content services.

Obviously what’s interesting to carriers is interesting to carrier-focused equipment vendors. Velocix has been popular with carriers; the company has deep packet inspection (DPI) and content node assets that Alcatel-Lucent can use in gaining traction in the emerging CDN deals, which in turn may be critical to the emerging content plans of the carriers.

From a strategic perspective, Alcatel-Lucent is also interested in projects like CDNs because they represent both equipment and service revenue opportunities, and they’re likely early examples of the growing trend toward operators letting integration/management contracts for new service-driven infrastructure projects.

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