Sky UK chooses Nokia CDN to improve video delivery

Nokia, Sky, content delivery network

Sky has deployed Nokia’s Velocix Content Delivery Network (CDN) to help it provide video services in the UK.

The solution enables Sky to temporarily cache video content in localised data centres so that it is closer to customers, thereby increasing network flexibility and reducing costs.

For example, Sky can modify how a customer’s request to receive content is treated depending on their location or device.

The solution is being used for Sky On Demand content initially, with work to expand the solution to support Sky Go and Now TV ongoing, according to a statement.

Mohamed Hammady, UK Chief Technology Officer, Sky said: "Using Nokia's Velocix CDN, we have greater traffic visibility in the network, allowing us to regain control of managing the network capacity.

“Deploying the solution deep in the network also ensures we can manage delivery more effectively to improve performance and the customer experience.”

Last week, Sky announced that its TV service would be offered without a satellite dish in 2018.

The company, currently formalising a merger with Twenty-First Century Fox, saw revenue increase 12 percent to £6.4 billion in the six months to December on the back of customer growth.

Its inaugural mobile service officially launched last month.

For Nokia, Paul Larbey, Head of Finland-based vendor's IP Video business, said the project represented a “milestone” for the company given it is the first deployment for a nationwide broadcaster.

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