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Akamai and China Unicom Establish Strategic Cloud Services Partnership
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with China Unicom Corporation Limited’s cloud division – CU Cloud. CU Cloud is one of the largest cloud computing service providers in China. As part of the strategic partnership, CU Cloud has agreed to complement its own Cloud services for global businesses with Akamai’s full suite of industry-leading media delivery, web performance, and cloud security offerings.
The partnership is designed to enable close cooperation between the two companies in the areas of technology and network access, thus strengthening Akamai's China CDN offering for accelerating content from global customers to Chinese consumers. In addition, both parties will continue to develop the opportunity to provide the best service to Chinese enterprises to grow their web presence globally.
Under the partnership, CU Cloud plans to leverage Akamai for CDN technology that will be available for the delivery of its Cloud services. Akamai enables operators to deploy a highly scalable, completely turnkey CDN that leverages the same technologies found within the Akamai Intelligent Platform™.
“China Unicom is a major carrier in China, serving the global Internet market,” said Noam Freedman, Senior Vice President of Akamai’s global networks division. “We're excited to be partnering with CU Cloud to tap into the fast-growing China cloud and CDN market. Akamai sees increased demand for delivering content to Chinese Internet users from global customers. With this strategic partnership, we believe Akamai is best positioned to serve this growing need.”
About China Unicom
China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established on January 6, 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. It has subsidiaries in 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) across China and many countries and regions around the world. It is the only Chinese telecom operator listed on the stock exchanges in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
At present, the Company provides a full range of telecommunications services in China, including mobile broadband (WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, GSM, fixed-line local access, ICT, data communications and other related value-added services. As at the end of February 2015, the total subscribers of the Company’s mobile, fixed-line broadband and local access businesses reached 446 million.
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.