Telecom Italia and Akamai have signed a partnership agreement that sees the companies offer content delivery network and web optimisation services to the enterprise market in Italy.

The network operator said the move had been driven by “explosive growth in digital media”.

In addition to offering Akamai’s suite of services, Telecom Italia will directly connect its IP network to the vendor’s global platform.

Akamai signed a similar deal with Telefónica last year and Turk Telecom in 2013.

It has also signed deals with Swisscom and Orange in recent times.

[Read more: Telecom Italia remains on road to recovery despite Q1 profit slide]

Simone Battiferri, Executive Vice President for Business Market at Telecom Italia, said: “Akamai's technology together with Telecom Italia's platforms and network, gives customers access to more efficient solutions for the use of content.

“This is much more important in a market like today's where multimedia services on the Internet are used by a great variety of terminals and devices where speed plays a key role”.

Doug Tilford, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Akamai EMEA, added: “Italy is an important and growing Internet market and provides significant opportunity for the adoption of media and cloud services.

“The partnership with Telecom Italia is an opportunity for the two companies to bring new and innovative services to market, providing the support and tools necessary to assist businesses inside the country and within the region.”

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