Fastweb taps Cisco and Qwilt for Open Caching-based CDN

Swisscom-owned Italian service provider Fastweb has tapped tech companies Cisco and Qwilt to bring their joint CDN solution, based on Open Caching, to the Italian market.

The solution will enable Fastweb to rapidly increase network performance, support rising data volumes, and enhance streaming experiences for all its residential and business customers across Italy.

Qwilt’s Open Edge Cloud for Content Delivery solution features Qwilt Edge Node Software, Qwilt Cloud Services, and Qwilt Open APIs.

The solution works by pushing content caching and delivery to the edge of Fastweb’s fixed and mobile network, reducing average latency by a claimed 60%.

Qwilt says that the CDN architecture substantially reduces the cost of building network capacity.

The Qwilt solution combines with Cisco’s edge compute and networking infrastructure to deliver the solution as-a-service to service providers.

Open Caching, an open architecture developed and endorsed by the Streaming Video Technology Alliance, offers a unified platform that federates content delivery infrastructure deployed inside service provider networks, providing open APIs and security mechanisms for content publishers.

Fabrizio Casati, Chief Wholesale Officer, Fastweb, said: “Fastweb continues to invest in its network to achieve the highest standard of excellence of service. Thanks to our partnership with Cisco and Qwilt, we can deliver exceptional digital experiences to our residential and businesses customers throughout Italy. This deployment marks an exciting transformation in our network infrastructure that will help us address increasing demands for bandwidth and ultimately enable us to deliver a superior quality of experience to our customers. We look forward to partnering with content publishers and bringing them more capacity and consistency in content delivery across Italy.”

Theodore Tzevelekis, VP, Cisco, said: “Together with Qwilt, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Fastweb and work alongside them to launch a platform that will meet the requirements for delivering high-quality content today and serve as a foundation to meet the growing delivery requirements for future media. Whether it’s video, virtual reality or other streaming content, we are committed to helping enable exceptional digital experiences for every Fastweb customer.”

Alon Maor, CEO, Qwilt, said: “Fastweb, renowned for its excellent quality of connections and innovative services, can leverage our edge services model to deliver optimal experiences to its subscribers from the carrier edge. We’re delighted Fastweb has chosen Cisco and Qwilt’s unique model and architecture to deliver content closer to subscribers, while cementing its role in the end-to-end content delivery value chain.”

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