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Akamai tweaks UDP for OTT streaming, Vimeo embraces it

We have written a lot about CDN giant Akamai’s focus on UDP (User Datagram Protocol) multicast technologies to tackle last mile issues between the edge server and viewer, where delivery is out of the firm’s usually capable hands. This week, Akamai has expanded on this with the launch of Media Acceleration, a product specifically geared towards improving the viewing experiences of OTT video viewers and internet gamers. Akamai’s strategy here is in line with the trend that delivery of content over the internet will shift to using fixed bit rate methods which are more reliable than ABR. The development of UDP multicast technologies has enabled Akamai to switch traffic in the network core and this supposedly puts less strain on…

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