Akamai Introduces Advanced Technology to Speed Downloads and Improve Online
Video Quality Across Its Global Platform
New FastTCP technology designed to improve content throughput across Akamai
Intelligent Platform without user effort
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 13, 2013
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --IBC2013 (Stand 6.A15)-- Akamai
Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping
enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device,
anywhere, today announced at IBC2013 that it has deployed FastTCP
technologybroadly across the Akamai Intelligent Platform™. Leveraged through
Akamai's 2012 acquisition of FastSoft, FastTCP optimizes the throughput of
video and other digital content across IP networks.
Implemented this quarter, FastTCP technology is nowan inherent freely
available capabilityof the Akamai Intelligent Platform and has already
provided performance improvements in Akamai's customer networks around the
world. Actual average throughput measurements collected from sample regional
networks more than a week before and after the FastTCP network upgrade
indicated significant improvements in select customer and end user instances,
ranging from 8% in Japan to 105% in China, with both North America and Europe
enjoying 15% to 22% increases. These increases not only improved download
speeds for music/MP3s, games and videos but also enhanced the quality of
streaming video content, helping Akamai customers to enjoy higher end-user
satisfaction and engagement times. In addition, rebuffering improvements in
excess of 40% were observed in sampled networks in the U.S., India, and
Europe. These improvements have dramatically reduced the number of times a
video stream delivered by Akamai pauses or stalls, which has been shown to
increase viewer retention rates.
"The efficiencies afforded by FastTCP, particularly for connections with
higher latency and packet loss, are helping Akamai customers consistently
deliver content at higher quality to larger, more globally distributed
audiences, and is just one of the ways we continue to innovate on the platform
everyday," said Bill Wheaton, senior vice president and general manager, Media
Products Division, Akamai. "The improved results have been especially
noticeable in regions where network connectivity are frequently less than
ideal; suddenly, larger numbers of end users in those areas have begun
enjoying a markedly improved quality of experience that required no
intervention by the customer."
While the FastTCP technology deployment is designed to improve throughput for
most of Akamai's delivery services, the Sola Sphere content delivery solution
has enjoyed the most dramatic improvements. Part of Akamai's suite of Sola
Media Solutions, Sola Sphere delivery solutions support HTTP-based on-demand
and live streaming as well as large file downloads of software objects such as
multi-Megabyte music files and apps, and multi-Gigabyte Ultra-HD/4K video
FastTCP algorithms are deployed within Akamai edge servers and do not require
any software installation on user devices or any action on the part of
Akamai's customers or their site visitors. The algorithms are designed to
improve the Internet's standard Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
performance for high packet loss or high latency network connections. The
resulting improvements in streaming media bitrates and reduced file download
time help provide an enhanced, higher-quality user experience to Akamai's
worldwide base of Sola Media customers.
Akamai demonstrations during IBC2013 on stand 6.A15, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam,
will include cloud-based online content workflows designed to simplify
preparation, monetization, and measurement of audience engagement;
synchronized delivery of complementary second-screen content; and immersive,
glasses-free 3D video delivery.
Akamai^® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure,
high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the
Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive
reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise.
Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world,
supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage
the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of
innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or
blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This release contains information about future expectations, plans and
prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements
for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those
indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important
factors including, but not limited to, failure of TCP technology to operate as
expected or provide expected benefit, a failure of Akamai's network
infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report
on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically
filed with the SEC.
Chris Nicholson Tom Barth
Media Relations Investor Relations
SOURCE Akamai Technologies, Inc.
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