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Alcatel-Lucent building CDN for TalkTalk YouView launch

Alcatel-Lucent is to build a content delivery network for UK ISP TalkTalk under a three-year agreement.

According to Alcatel-Lucent, the CDN network, which will run over TalkTalk’s existing IP network and will be based on technology from Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix’s acquisition, will place content closer to the end user to increase the quality of experience for its digital on-demand TV customers.

“By enabling our network with Alcatel-Lucent Velocix infrastructure, we will be able to lead the market in digital delivery, further showcasing TalkTalk’s leading innovation in the UK market,” said Max Alexander, TV & Media Director of TalkTalk. “Alcatel-Lucent Velocix’s experience of operating a global CDN, coupled with its market leadership and extensive experience in video delivery were major factors in our selection. We believe Alcatel-Lucent is best positioned to support us in the deployment and operation of our own CDN.”

TalkTalk will use the CDN to deliver YouView traffic to subscribers’ set top boxes and PCs when the OTT service launches next year. Content may be downloaded directly into the Velocix infrastructure and then dynamically distributed across the TalkTalk network to end-users.