Broadpeak, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies and live and video-on-demand (VOD) servers for cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid, and mobile TV operators worldwide, today announced that Zeop, the first and leading fiber operator based on the French island of R©union, has deployed Broadpeak solutions to improve video delivery. Using a combination of Broadpeak's BkS400 cache servers and BkM100 CDN manager, Zeop can cost-effectively distribute VOD content via a content provider located in France, while providing an exceptional quality of experience (QoE) and quality of service (QoS) to end users.
"Recently, we wanted to offer subscribers a wider choice of content. Under standard video delivery architecture, this would have been extremely challenging in terms of the transit and CDN-as-a-service costs incurred. We needed an optimized video delivery solution," said Martin Vigneau, CTO, Zeop. "Broadpeak's video caching technology dramatically reduces our transit and contribution link costs, allowing us to deliver a wider range of popular video content at a fraction of the cost of traditional CDN methods, while providing a better quality of experience and service."
Broadpeak pre-provisions popular video content in a local cache server (i.e., the BkS400), located in the operator's network in R©union. Each time an end user requests video content, it is directly streamed by the BkS400 local server, without needing to reach the content provider's origin server. The technology is deployed on virtual machines, optimizing Zeop's costs even further.
Broadpeak's BkS400 servers deliver video content via adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology, guaranteeing a high level of video quality. The presence of a local cache removes any latency that could take place between the origin server and the edge network. This mechanically benefits the QoS, and also the QoE, since higher video profiles will be streamed more often. Broadpeak's BkS400 server offers broad format support (e.g., Apple(R) HLS, Microsoft(R) Smooth Streaming, Adobe(R) HDS, and MPEG-DASH) so that operators can deliver video content anytime, anywhere, on any device. Currently, Zeop is delivering content in the Microsoft Smooth Streaming format.
Broadpeak's cache servers also collect analytics about end user sessions, allowing Zeop to identify trends in audience behaviors. Zeop can monitor a full range of statistics related to video streaming, including bit rate per source, cache status percentage (e.g., cache hit, cache miss), requests per second, average time to serve, and HTTP status codes per second. By employing a solution with sophisticated analytics, the operator can provide detailed information to marketing, operations, and support teams to assist them with strategic decision-making.
"Using Broadpeak's solution, Zeop can now negotiate with other content providers to offer a wider choice of content to their subscribers," said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. "Broadpeak's solution also enables Zeop to interface with other CDN service providers and deliver content in a wide range of ABR formats to address all growing consumer demand for high-quality video content on every screen. The end results are lower video delivery costs, more flexibility, and a better QoS and QoE for end users."
More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at www.broadpeak.tv.