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Exploring new caching and delivery initiatives

As in previous years, a number of operators articulated (and advocated) their specific approaches to the CDN market (among them were Telefonica, du, Pacnet and Cox Communications), while discussions about CDN federation proved to be as popular (and unpopular) as ever. And while both operators and vendors spoke about the need to better understand the needs of content owners, Mashable’s CTO, Robyn Peterson, who joined the event via a Skype video call from New York, turned the question around and spoke about how content owners can better educate CDN providers about their specific needs.

CDN growth prompts hope of “better” internet and fears it will be “less neutral”

Revenue generated from the sale of content delivery network (CDN) services will grow threefold in the five years to 2017 to reach $4.63bn, on the back of a fivefold rise in global CDN traffic, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media.

CTO, Comcast: “We believe in convergence; we believe in change”

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Tony Werner, executive vice president & chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, USA is delivering a keynote speech on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how Comcast is using innovation to keep the cable company at the forefront of the broadband market.

TeliaSonera unit buys datacentre specialist

Nordic systems integrator Cygate, owned by regional carrier TeliaSonera, this week acquired data centre specialist Information Infrastructure Management (IIM) for an undisclosed sum.

Cloud gaming platform OnLive reboots struggling model

The saga of handset vendor HTC’s poor investment choices took another turn Tuesday, when it emerged that cloud gaming service OnLive, which HTC has just chalked a hit of $40m up to, is in a worse state than previously thought. The company has just shed half of its staff and its stock has been acquired by a mysterious private investor, thought to be one of the original investors who backed the startup in 2009.

Telefonica drives innovation through partnerships

Speaking at an event in London on Thursday, Matthew Key, head of Telefónica Digital since its inception nine months ago, said his unit expects to drive annual revenues of approximately €5bn by 2015 with an annual revenue growth rate of 20 per cent.

Orange: “We need new partnerships”

France Telecom-Orange needs new partnerships with IT specialists if it is to prosper in the brave new world of cloud computing and services, according to Thierry Bonhomme, senior executive vice president for networks & carriers and research & development at the French telco.

Cloud-based gaming service launches in the UK

UK incumbent BT has announced the launch of a new cloud-based gaming service, in conjunction with OnLive. The service, which is available in the UK exclusively via BT Broadband, will enable customers to access more than 100 video games, streamed into homes via the internet. The system, which went live in the US in June 2010 eschews conventional games console hardware for content streamed from remote data centres using advanced video compression techniques to keep the bandwidth requirements manageable.

US carriers missing $16bn SME opportunity, says consultancy

The US telecom industry could be missing out on as much as $16bn in annual revenues by failing to properly address the needs of SMEs, according to research released recently by consultancy Inzenka.

Apple iCloud to take on Amazon and Google

As expected, Steve Jobs took to the stage Monday at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Fransico to reveal iCloud, a collection of cloud services designed to work seamlessly with its iOS and MacOS X devices and computers.

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