Why your business needs a Content Delivery Network (CDN) 

18 May 2020 | Chris Rezentes, Director, Product Management (Network), CenturyLink Asia Pacific
The connected customer of today is at the heart of digital engagement strategies, and businesses are striving to meet rising expectations by delivering on-demand, personalized, and engaging digital experiences.

Customers want instant access to content and an omnichannel experience today. A Zendesk study reported that as many as 87% of customers feel brands need to do more to provide a seamless experience. And with mobile connectivity's penetration in our everyday lives, the need for high performance in the on-demand digital economy of today is higher than ever. Indeed, a new generation of mobile-first users has raised the bar for seamless customer experience to dizzying heights. So much so that, research data from Google revealed 53% of mobile visits were abandoned for pages that took longer than three seconds to load.

Across Japan, enterprises are rising to this radical shift in consumer behavior. According to a 451 Research survey, 61% of businesses in the country reported that they had made formal strategies for digital transformation in a bid to improve customer experience.

Along with this is Japan’s robust mobile gaming market—an industry that has consistently seen double digit growth YOY since 2016. The Japanese government also has laid out plans to bolster the local esports industry to generate ¥285 billion (US$2.6 billion) by 2025. Japan is also an Asian leader in online video with a projected annual growth rate of 24.69% from 2016 to 2020 in revenues from the “Video-on-Demand” segment. And to rise up to the dominance of Over-the-Top (OTT) media in the local market, Japanese TV networks are ushering in a new broadcasting era by streaming

In response, these businesses are increasingly turning to adaptive network solutions like content delivery networks (CDN) to meet customer expectations. Here, you will learn the fundamentals of CDNs and discover how the right CDN provider can help businesses speed up content distribution and optimization.

What is a CDN, and what are its different aspects? 
What are the major CDN trends for the upcoming year? 
Why is a CDN important for digital businesses?
What are the key benefits of choosing the right CDN provider?

How can CenturyLink help businesses? 

CenturyLink global CDN has Points of Presence (PoPs) across six continents and 120 major markets. A trusted CDN provider, CenturyLink is partnered with Streamroot and offers a P2P networking platform through a mesh network to direct peak traffic loads easily. CenturyLink's CDN Mesh Delivery marries the power of its global CDN with the scalability and resilience of a distributed mesh architecture to help it optimize on-demand and live streaming content quality and delivery.

Geographically diverse origin storage is a crucial element in delivering satisfying user experiences. The CenturyLink® CDN Object Storage is a scalable CDN solution that offers content providers benefits like rapid transfer, high-availability, and security of content. CenturyLink's expansive CDN solutions allow businesses to successfully expand their global reach and overcome infrastructure limitations at the same time.

How can you future-proof your network delivery? 

Global gaming company relies on a multi-CDN model for its 40MM+ players

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