Verizon Digital Media Services Expands Network Into South Africa, Mexico, France

Verizon Digital Media Services rolled out international expansion plans for its Edgecast Content Delivery Network (CDN). The company has launched network points of presence (PoPs) in Mexico and in South Africa, with plans to open an additional Super PoP in France in Q1 2018. With these latest updates, the CDN now comprises more than 125 PoPs spanning 56 countries across six continents and has increased its network capacity by over 200 percent.

“In a world that’s more plugged into mobile devices than ever before, there is a critical need for digital media delivery to be secure, fast and of the highest quality – especially in fast-growing, mobile-centric markets,” said Kyle Okamoto, chief network officer for Verizon Digital Media Services. “Through continued automation, essential network and data center partnerships and finely tuned operations, we have exceeded expectations in scaling our network to meet today’s and tomorrow’s digital media delivery demands. We are wholly committed to continuing to invest and build out our CDN to ensure the best quality experience across gaming, application acceleration, e-commerce, media and entertainment and more.”

In November 2017, the company launched a PoP in Johannesburg, South Africa, establishing network presence on the continent. With submarine cable routes from APAC and Europe previously serving the region, the new PoP has created a positive decompression effect, increasing network traffic exponentially. Within a two-week period, the PoP experienced a fourfold increase in throughput (speed), and 80 percent improvement in latency (quickness) according to third-party quality monitoring tools, resulting in a nine-times boost in traffic.

Already with a presence in Santiago de Querétaro and Puebla in Mexico, Verizon Digital Media Services expanded into the nation’s capital of Mexico City in December 2017. These three cities were specifically selected with incumbent networks in the country to ensure optimal quality with a clear path to further scaling, as quality boosts lead to increased traffic growth. Collectively, Verizon Digital Media Services’ CDN is now directly connected to 95 percent of ISP consumers in Mexico, resulting in the No. 1 quality spot as determined by independent measurements.

With 18 PoPs already live in Europe, Verizon Digital Media Services will expand into Marseilles, France in Q1 2018. As a major internet hub for southern France, the Middle East and North Africa due to the submarine cable infrastructure that lands in the city, Marseilles has been identified by customers as a critical location for quality within the region. The new PoP will be a welcomed opportunity to meet growing customer demand, especially in major mobile-first markets like North Africa.

“Thanks to its availability and high performance, the Edgecast Content Delivery Network from Verizon Digital Media Services ultimately wins, exceeding our previous CDN providers,” said Marek Dajnowski, chief architect at Instapage. “Even as we see a dramatic increase of Instapage landing pages created and posted in scores of countries, Verizon Digital Media Services continues to deliver the stability and reliability we need to keep our users happy and our business growing.”

The Edgecast CDN is used by other leading companies throughout the world, including HuffPost, Lenovo and Rumble.

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