Video delivery at the network edge

Video delivery at the network edge

By eeNews Europe

Kontron has partnered with Anevia to offer a robust edge caching technology designed to reduce video traffic in the core network for operators and improve quality of experience (QoE) for viewers. The solution targets content service providers (CSPs), telco operators, broadcasters and OTT service providers.

Due to the exponential growth of mobile video content consumption, service providers and enterprises are seeking better ways to manage video network traffic. 5G networks are driving greater video consumption, leading to a large amount of traffic in the network that could result in lower-quality end-user experiences. In response, Kontron and Anevia have collaborated on a solution for media and telco markets to embrace a distributed network architecture as a means to offload video retrieval tasks from the core and move the related data processing as close to end-users as physically possible.

The combined offering runs Anevia NEA-CDN® software on Kontron’s ME1100 mobile edge computing servers that are compact enough to fit into street cabinets – closest to where the viewers of the content reside. The benefits of having a distributed offloading solution that performs most of the video caching at edge locations – near mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc. – are numerous, including lower CapEx and bandwidth costs, easier scalability, and better user experience due to reduced response times.

The robustness of the ME1100 series makes it particularly appealing for operators looking to unlock cloud-computing capabilities within the radio access network (RAN) or enable demanding applications such as artificial intelligence, data caching, ultra-low latency, and high-bandwidth edge applications, amongst others. The ruggedized hardware form factor is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, operate in harsh environments and seamlessly adapt to the CSP’s virtual infrastructure to deliver broadcast-quality video to end subscribers.

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