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Verizon’s CDN and cloud solutions arm Verizon Digital Media Services has partnered with Bharti Airtel to launch four point of presence (PoP) or data centers in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi. Apart from the installation of these PoPs, Verizon Digital Media Services will look to expand its CDN and cloud services throughout the country by leveraging Airtel’s infrastructure, the company said in a statement.

The deal is slated to run on a long term basis, the company added while Verizon will offer its flagship services including Video Lifecycle that offers a video streaming and storage platform for Internet companies in the video domain. Its Web Acceleration Services offers CDN solutions for organizations along with security and cloud data storage. For ecommerce companies, the company offers Commerce Acceleration solutions which provides both CDN and other cloud hosting services.

Apart from India operations, Verizon Digital Media Services has points of presence centers in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Currently it claims to have over 80 PoPs across the world, with more than 150 million hours of video content hosted via its CDN platform.

Verizon in India: Verizon’s telecom unit had previously setup Verizon Communications India by forming a joint venture with Videocon Group’s Leo Communications way back in 2007, as indicated by a NetworkWorld report. In October 2014, the government had approved Verizon’s proposal to increase its stake in Verizon Communications India to 100% from the existing 74%.  The FIPB had deferred same request in September 2014.

Other CDN centers in India

-In November last year, CloudFlare, a content distribution network provider, had added three new data centers in Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi. At the time of launch, the company mentioned that it will add another couple of nodes in India in the future.

– In 2014, Xiaomi said it would migrate MIUI services and corresponding data for all its International users (including Indian users) from its Beijing data centers to Amazon AWS data centers in Oregon (USA) and Singapore. Going forward, the handset maker also planned to set up local servers in countries like India and Brazil by tying up with local data centers.

– Around the same time, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Microsoft would start offering its commercial cloud services, Azure and Office 365 via local data centers in India by the end of 2015.

Other updates from Verizon

Yahoo Acquisition: Last month, Yahoo had agreed to sell its core internet operations and land holdings to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion. Post the sale, the company (Yahoo) plans to retain its investments in Alibaba as well as Yahoo Japan and a small portfolio of patents.

AOL acquisition: In May last year Verizon acquired AOL (American Online) in a $4.4 billion all cash deal. The deal included all of AOL’s properties: Its content properties like Huffington Post, Moviefone, Engadget, TechCrunch and Stylelist, advertising properties like AOL advertising, advertising.com, 5min Media and StudioNow, local services like MapQuest and its membership services like dial up internet access, AOL Mail, AIM and About.me.

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