Orcon signs e-cast to its content delivery network

Local digital video hosting company joins iSky on Orcon's CDN

Orcon has signed New Zealand based video streaming and hosting company e-cast to its national content delivery network (CDN) service.

e-cast joins Sky Television’s iSky, which signed on to Orcon’s CDN 12 months ago.

CDNs are used to make copies of web content across multiple nodes in a network. Companies like Netflix in USA use a CDN because caching its videos reduces buffering time and increases the quality of video that can be delivered to its customers.

e-cast is a digital video distribution and hosting company. Its largest client eTV provides live streaming and on-demand educational videos for free to New Zealand schools.

e-cast managing director Steve Brebner says a robust CDN capable of handling large amounts of video traffic is vital to the sucess of his company’s business.

“Our biggest clien eTV has a significant content library of more than 11,000 on demand videos and 20 live TV channels. These are used by staff and students in universities, polytechnics, wananga, schools and kura all over the country,“ says Brebner.

“So we need a network that is both reliable and fast, particularly when these important teaching and learning video resources are being shown in class.”

He says that e-cast has tried to make its own CDN in the past, but felt Orcon’s offering allowed them to focus on their core services instead of becoming a network provider.

Orcon’s CDN uses Velocix technology. Velocix is an Alcatel-Lucent company which provides CDN solutions through an outsourced model, and has worked with companies like Verizon on their CDN.

Orcon general manager of wholesale Charlie Boyd says the Velocix technology is installed at strategic points on the Orcon network around the country, and is a response to the take up of internet video in New Zealand.

“The amount of online video watched by broadband users is sky-rocketing as streaming TV web sites and video-on-demand grow in popularity,” Boyd says. “And with the fibre-based, ultra-broadband future almost upon us data growth is accelerating.

“The Velocix technology and services are proven by telcos and broadcasters around the world so content providers are secure in the knowledge there’s a local CDN solution that meets their specific requirements.”

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