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RCOM launches CDN services in India

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Reliance Communications (RCOM) has launched content delivery network (CDN) called ‘Fast Edge’ with the aim of providing better internet connectivity, reports the Hindu BusinessLine. The CDN will cache content in locations around ‘the edge of Reliance’s network’, and will connect back to tier 3 data centers.

The CDN will cache the most popular content, speeding up delivery to local connections. This will also reduce the overall strain on data centres, helping unclog networks at peak times. As of now, RCOM mentions that it’s Fast Edge CDN will connect to 9 data center in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

4G roll out: RCOM started rolling out its 4G services Pan-India since June, while telecom circles including Mumbai, Maharashtra received 4G presence before June. Customers looking to upgrade their postpaid connections had to send a one-time SMS for approval; prepaid users needed to purchase a 4G SIM card from a Reliance Store or a retailer. More on this here.

Last month, Reliance Communications introduced ‘MovieNet’ recharge pack for its users that provided access to Hungama’s services including movies, music for free. Similarly, the company launched new VoIP recharge pack for Rs 39 will offer 300 minutes of calling via VoIP apps like Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, etc, along with 200 MB of data.

CDMA to 4G migration: RCOM initiated CDMA to 4G migration by notifying customers in early April. At that time the company said it would shut down CDMA services in all of its telecom circles starting June except in 4 circles of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, In these 4 circles, RCOM will migrate its CDMA subscribers onto its GSM network.

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Other CDN developments in India:

– Earlier this month, Verizon’s CDN and cloud solutions arm Verizon Digital Media Services partnered with Bharti Airtel to launch four data centers in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi.

– 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.

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