Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, today announced the opening of its Toronto sales and services office. The new office at 901 King Street West will support employees focused on sales, services, engineering, and security, and will complement Akamai's existing Ontario location in Ottawa.
Akamai's growth in Canada has expanded in the areas of financial services, media & entertainment, manufacturing, health care, public sector, and commerce, with Ontario being the province with the Company's largest customer base. Akamai is hiring in both Toronto and Ottawa for engineering roles in the areas of Web Performance and Enterprise solutions.
Canada boasts 33 million Internet users, with nearly 95 percent of its total population being Internet-connected. 1Over the last five years, the country's high broadband (connections greater than 10 Mbps) adoption rate has increased by 589 percent. 2 During that same period, Canada's 4K readiness rate (connections greater than 15 Mbps) has increased by 710 percent. 3
"The addition of our Toronto office is an important step as we seek to nurture and grow our customer base across Canada," said Jim Ebzery, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas. "By expanding our local operations, we are in a position to better address the needs of the market and our customer base in the areas of cloud security, web and mobile performance, and media delivery in Canada and the region, both directly and in collaboration with our local partners."
Akamai is currently serving and protecting the online presence for the six largest banks in Canada, many of Canada's most successful retailers, and has served as a force behind major online events for several of the national media broadcasters such as CBC/Radio-Canada during the Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, and for the upcoming 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto.
SHOP.CA is becoming Canada's leader in online shopping, providing a unique Canadian experience that combines an authoritative selection of products, unparalleled service and a social loyalty program that rewards members on every purchase. Launched in July 2012, SHOP.CA has become the fastest growing retail site in Canada and a top 10 most-visited, Canadian-owned ecommerce site.
"At SHOP.CA, we rely on Akamai's advanced technologies to power critical parts of our infrastructure," said Gary Black, CTO of SHOP.CA. "Akamai provides site acceleration, content delivery, mobile optimization and cloud-based security solutions that have underpinned SHOP.CA since the very beginning. We have a great working relationship with Akamai and are excited at their announcement to open a Toronto office which will provide us with even greater access to their services and capabilities. We've recently extended our relationship with Akamai to deploy their Ion service for greater site performance improvements."
As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.