Deal includes expansion of AT&T’s suite of CDN services, network infrastructure agreement
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM) and AT&T* today announced a strategic alliance to deliver a global suite of content delivery network (CDN) solutions to companies.
AT&T is combining Akamai’s industry leading content delivery platform with its world-renowned IP network to deliver to companies an exclusive suite of global CDN and telecom solutions that will be jointly marketed, managed and supported by the two companies. The companies will initially focus their efforts in North America, with plans to expand globally within 12 months.
The alliance with Akamai represents the latest milestone in AT&T’s strategy to deliver innovative solutions needed by companies that have seen explosive growth in the use of video and other content, both within their operations and by the end users they serve. Driven by explosive growth in digital media, organizations are designing high-performing networking solutions that produce quality, on-demand results. CDN solutions from AT&T and Akamai will help enterprises simplify content distribution management and drive higher-performing end user experiences for consumers accessing content on the Internet.
Under the terms of the agreement, Akamai will deploy CDN servers at the edge of AT&T’s IP network and in AT&T facilities throughout the United States. With the deployment of Akamai’s CDN infrastructure within AT&T’s network infrastructure, end customers are expected to benefit from more efficient content routing and better delivery of digital content, video and Web applications, resulting in a better end-user experience. AT&T will transfer its existing CDN operations, customers and service to the Akamai platform in 2013.
The companies have also agreed to dedicate shared resources including technical support, customer care, marketing and professional services support.
“The alliance with Akamai positions us perfectly to deliver premier content delivery solutions to our business customers,” said Andy Geisse, Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “By embedding Akamai’s technology within AT&T’s IP network, our customers now have access to a suite of solutions that more than meet their need for content delivery and support. In an environment where companies and consumers alike are accessing video content and other applications online and from a multitude of devices, I can’t think of a better way to address the explosive growth in content that is sweeping across industries like media and retail.”
“Aligning Akamai’s services with the global reach, scale and product depth of AT&T creates a powerful relationship aimed at helping enterprises optimize their online businesses,” said Paul Sagan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Akamai. “Together with AT&T, we share a common goal of developing solutions to maximize the Web and mobile end user experience, while driving down network-related costs and improving network efficiencies. We believe there will be tremendous value to customers in deploying within AT&T’s robust IP network, and in jointly going to market with leading content delivery and cloud infrastructure offerings.”
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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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 Akamai and AT&T technologies to work together or work together adequately to provide expected benefits from the partnership; the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt Akamai’s services or network or AT&T’s network or products by hackers or others, the failure of the CDN market to develop as predicted, 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.