Broadpeak is deploying its CDN system on AWS Wavelength for video delivery over the 5G network. AWS Wavelength brings AWS services to the edge of the 5G network, thereby minimizing the latency to connect to an application from a mobile device.
Broadpeak is also applying Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) which similarly moves computing of traffic and services from a centralised cloud to the edge of the network and closer to the customer. Instead of sending all data to a cloud for processing, the network edge analyses, processes and stores the data.
This combined approach to streaming means Broadpeak’s local cache servers can directly supply the video traffic requested by local 5G devices, instead of streaming the content from a more distant location. It also allows video service and content providers to dynamically manage and precisely adjust their CDN capacity based on localised spikes in consumer demand.
“Video streaming is soaring, and with the global rollout of 5G infrastructure, the industry needs more efficient methods for video delivery over the next generation of mobile networks,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “We see MEC as a key enabler for a more compelling quality of experience for video streaming over 5G networks.
“By running our local edge caches on AWS Wavelength, Broadpeak will enhance the delivery of immersive experiences in formats such as 4K video and virtual, augmented and mixed reality, which are difficult to scale to large audiences today.”
Optimised for MEC applications, AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services within communications service providers’ (CSP) datacentres at the edge of the 5G network, so that developers can work toward edge computing use cases that need ultra-low latency.
Application traffic from 5G devices can reach application servers running in Wavelength Zones without leaving the telecommunications network, avoiding the latency that would result from application traffic having to traverse multiple hops across the Internet to reach their destination. It also takes better advantage of the low latency and greater bandwidth of modern 5G networks.
By streaming video content from the edge of the 5G network closest to end users, Broadpeak’s local cache servers on AWS Wavelength are designed to deliver at low-latency, help reduce congestion and enable video streaming experiences with faster startup times, no rebuffering and uninterrupted viewing sessions.
Using Broadpeak’s cloud-enabled CDN applications on AWS Wavelength, video services and content providers can efficiently avoid network congestion and bandwidth limitations in the mobile network, while delivering a competitive viewing experience.
UmbrellaCDN on AWS Marketplace
Further to the AWS Wavelength deployment, Broadpeak’s CDN selection system UmbrellaCDN is now available on AWS Marketplace, a digital catalogue listing thousands of software titles from independent software vendors. Through the Marketplace, users find, test, buy and deploy software that runs on AWS.
Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN is designed for video service providers who want to make sure they are selecting the best CDN for streaming video content. Selection is based on various criteria, such as device, geolocation, type of customer or network operator. Placing umbrellaCDN on AWS Marketplace makes its deployment and use simpler, with reliable, flexible, transparent pricing.
The service configuration is carried out via the umbrellaCDN web interface, by listing the available CDN services – which have been contracted beforehand – and then creating CDN selection rules. umbrellaCDN applies these rules to determine the best CDN to match the requirements of each video session. Any CDN supporting HTTP redirect can be used.
Users have control over all allocation rules and detailed end-user analytics, and Broadpeak’s support team is available to help configuration when needed, as well as to help video service providers make use of the generated analytics.