Tuesday, 15 February 2011 13:48

Ericsson, Akamai team to turbocharge mobile broadband

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Ericsson and Akamai are collaborating to develop content and application acceleration for mobile Internet users.


Akamai is well known for its distribution network that holds data closer to users for improved performance.

The company is now working with Ericsson to develop products that integrate Akamai's network with mobile broadband networks, allowing faster access to content and applications from mobile devices.

The companies claim the result will "enable mobile network operators to be more involved in the Internet value chain, in turn helping them better monetize their networks and subscriber base." Hopefully that just means that mobile Internet will work better, so existing subscribers will use it more, and more people will want to use it.

"The market is becoming increasingly mobile. As an example, advanced smartphone devices will grow 4-5 times to 2016 and the generated traffic will grow about 30 times, so end-to-end quality of experience becomes key," says Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson. "Ericsson is the world leader in high-performance mobile broadband networks and Akamai handles hundreds of billions of daily Web interactions - this is truly a beneficial partnership for the entire mobile and content industries."

 


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