Aston Martin will design a home just for your car collection

first_img Tags Aston Martin will design your car a home — seriously Driving the Aston Martin Valkyrie on the Red Bull F1… 12:41 Post a comment 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 8 Photos More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode Enlarge ImageIs this where James Bond villains hang out? Aston Martin Those who can afford Aston Martins likely have no issue splurging on the finer things in life. To that end, we bet many of the company’s customers will jump onboard to design homes specifically for their cars.That’s correct. Aston Martin will now design homes specifically for a car. The brand made the announcement as Monterey Car Week kicks off in California on Thursday and dubbed the new service the Aston Martin Automotive Galleries and Lairs division. The service ranges from mild to wild, though if I’m being honest, all of this is wild.The Galleries and Lairs service will design anything from a custom garage for a luxury vehicle or collection to a full-blown “luxury retreat.” The photos look like something out of a James Bond villain’s secret hideaway and it’s equal parts mesmerizing and awesome.The latest service will be part of Q by Aston Martin, the automaker’s bespoke division, and those who opt to take part in the luxury garage building will work with the brand’s designers and renowned architects. Wherever the customer wants their dream car home, Aston Martin will tap local architects that know the lay of the land best — and you better believe they’re good at what they do.The company explained that no matter what the owner wants, the car will take center stage in the build. We see some more restrained examples in the photos of a few Aston Martins on display in what looks like something of an art gallery. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we see what appears to be a Valhalla concept car inside of an aquarium. Around the car is space for entertaining a group of guests. I told you this stuff got really wild.Whatever the wishes or desires, they’ll have an Aston Martin touch. Believe it or not, Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have already done interior design work for a new 66-story residential tower going up in Miami, Florida. Whether it’s a supercar sunken around the water or a vintage DB5 with the sky as its spotlight, it sounds like the Galleries and Lairs service puts everything on the table.Suddenly, my pinned-up supercars calendar in the garage feels like subpar decor. 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Luxury cars Car Industry Monterey Car Week 2019 Aston Martin Aston Martinlast_img read more

Rupee relief unlikely to last as Modi government goes into election year

first_img“Politics is likely to decide the course for the Indian rupee in 2019. The political heat is already rising as the elections being held in five states currently will set the tone for the national elections in May 2019,” the study quoted Prakash Sakpal, Asia economist at ING, as saying.The uncertainty shrouding Modi’s return to power in the general election next year will continue to put pressure on the rupee, Sakpal says. The nation is not yet out of the woods into which a chaotic currency demonetisation and haphazard implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) dragged “We expect it to be a too-close-to-call poll.”Reuters polled around 40 strategists between November 28 and December 4 and the majority agreed the rupee would weaken over 2 percent by the end of May 2019, just after the general election, to 72 against the dollar.The majority view was that the currency could regain some lost ground a year from now touching 71.62. But the rupee is likely to find it difficult to regain lost ground without the central bank’s support, the study says.”Despite the current relief for the INR, India remains vulnerable to domestic and external woes. Its weak external fundamentals leave it prone to another round of sell-offs,” the study quoted Amy Yuan Zhuang, chief Asia analyst at Nordea, as saying.”Moreover, a liquidity crunch in the financial system combined with excessive bad debts among banks diminishes confidence in Indian assets,” she added.’ The Indian rupee’s recent reprieve is unlikely to last, given the worsening domestic and international uncertainties, a study says.The current drop in international crude to below $60 a barrel has helped the rupee, the Reuters study based on a poll of economic experts says, warning that the oil’s surge could wipe out those gains.However, the looming twin blows of an Opec (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) production cut and the drop in oil inventories once US sanctions on Iran being to bite could harm the Indian currency.The receding threat of a disastrous trade war between the US and China following the 90-day truce between the two countries agreed upon on the sidelines of the G20 summit has helped most Asian currencies, the report says.But the rupee further weakened more than 1 percent on Monday, bucking the general trend. The Indian currency has been the worst performing major Asian currency this year, having lost nearly 10 percent against the dollar.Oil has been edging up again and it could put pressure on the Indian currency again. A lower than expected economic growth numbers in the July-September quarter has also been weighing on the currency marring the buoyancy expected after a global trade war threat has been kept in abeyance.The experts are of the view that the rupee is headed for one of the worst yearly performances despite a few advances. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the Indian Community Reception in Washington DC, USA, on June 25, 2017.Press Information Bureaulast_img read more

Record quantity of goods imported through Benapole in 3 days

first_imgBenapole customs house. Photo: UNBA record quantity of goods was imported from India in the last three days (9 to 11 June) through Benapole port leading to revenue increase, according to customs sources.At least 354 trucks entered with goods on Sunday, 445 trucks on Monday and 382 trucks till Tuesday noon, said Mamunur Rahman, deputy director of benapole port authority.This number was only 250 to 270 last year, Mamunur Rahman added.He said also that the import increased due to the new guidelines from customs authority.Benapole Sonali Bank manager Rakibul Alam said the revenue collection was estimated Tk 110 million on Sunday, Tk 120 million on Monday and TK 80 million till Tuesday noon.In the current fiscal, the total revenue collection of Benapole customs is Tk 51.85 billion till now, he added.Importers said the customs and port operations developed after the directives issued by Benapole customs commissioner Mohammad Belal Hossain Chowdhury.Customs officials have been performing duties from 7:00am to 12:00pm in advance, keeping the slogan on day-to-day revenue under the directives.Meanwhile, India-Bangladesh customs officials have been deeply monitoring activities to bring dynamism in trade.High-level officials and businessmen including Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguli, visited the import and export trade facility in Benapole and Petrapole on Saturday.Benapole C & F Agents’ Association president Mafizur Rahman Sajon gave the credit to the new guidelines from customs authorities for the increase of import.Benapole port director Prodosh Kanti Das said, “We have been working according to new guidelines. We work as 800 trucks loaded with imported goods can enter daily.”India is failing to provide trucks according to our demand, he added.Benapole customs commissioner Mohammad Belal Hossain Chowdhury said, several steps have been taken to speed up the import trade and revenue collection.If the import trade continues like this we could fulfill the revenue collection target this month, he added.last_img read more

Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency over attacks

first_imgSecurity personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony`s Shrine in Colombo on 23 April two days after the church was hit in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPSri Lanka on Tuesday imposed a state of emergency hours after the government blamed a local Islamist group for a series of suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 290 people, including dozens of foreigners.Twenty-four people have been arrested over the coordinated Easter Sunday assault on multiple churches and hotels in the capital Colombo and beyond, authorities said.The carnage — which also left some 500 people injured — was the worst atrocity since the South Asian country’s civil war ended a decade ago.The attacks were also the worst ever against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of the country’s population of 21 million.Investigators are now hunting for clues on whether the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) group received “international support”, said cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.The spokesman added that it was not possible for such “a small organisation” to carry out such well coordinated suicide strikes.The state of emergency, which gave police and the military special powers to counter militant strikes, came into force at midnight (1830 GMT Monday). Suspects can be detained without a court order.The country was already observing a second straight night-time curfew since the attacks.Officials are also investigating why more precautions were not taken after an April 11 warning from Sri Lanka’s police that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported the NTJ planned suicide attacks on churches.Senaratne said that warning was not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or other top ministers.”Intelligence sections have reported that there are international terror groups which are behind local terrorists,” President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said in a statement.Sirisena was due to meet with foreign diplomats on Tuesday “to seek international assistance to combat terrorism”, his office said.- Toll mounts, tensions high -Tensions remained high, with a bomb detonating as police prepared to defuse it near one of the targeted churches. Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.Police also found 87 bomb detonators at a Colombo bus station.The toll rose dramatically Monday to at least 290 dead.A police source told AFP that at least 37 foreigners were killed, while the tourism minister put that figure at 39 and the foreign ministry said there were 31 foreigners among the fatalities.That number was likely to shift again, as the United States reported at least four Americans killed — including a young student — and the Netherlands raised their toll to three.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.The death toll also included eight Britons, eight Indians and nationals from Turkey, Australia, France, Japan and Portugal, according to Sri Lankan officials and foreign governments.Several of those killed were dual nationals.The suicide bombers hit three Colombo luxury hotels popular with foreign tourists — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury — and three churches: two in the Colombo region and one in the eastern city of Batticaloa.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.Interpol said it was deploying investigators and specialists to Sri Lanka, and the US State Department warned of possible further attacks in a travel advisory.”This is America’s fight, too,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington.- Memories of civil war -Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.A memorial service and funeral were to be held Tuesday at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of Colombo, where more than 100 people were killed Sunday.Among the dead were friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church, there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies.”At a government morgue in Colombo, relatives endured the gruesome task of identifying their loved ones.Janaka Shaktivel, 28, father of an 18-month-old son, sat in shock outside the building waiting for the body of his wife to be handed over.He said he escaped the blast at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo because the baby had started crying and he had to go outside.”I recognised her body from the wedding ring that she always wore,” he said. “I have no words to explain my feelings.”Two leading Muslim groups issued statements condemning the attacks, with the All Ceylon Jamiyaathuul Ulama, a council of Muslim theologians, urging the “maximum punishment for everyone involved in these dastardly acts.”The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.last_img

Group suggests adding tag to resurrected extinct animal names

first_img As technology improves, scientists often find themselves faced with addressing overlooked classification issues—scientific naming is no exception. As researchers develop new methods of bringing back extinct species or improving old techniques, the resultant organisms are very nearly copies of their extinct ancestors. Currently, there are three main resurrection methods. The first is back breeding, in which a species is bred over time to resemble a bygone species. Another is cloning, in which ancient reproductive material is placed in the uterus of a living close relative. Finally, there is genomic engineering, in which information that is missing from samples of a target species is filled in using DNA from a close modern relative. None of the techniques result in creation of a creature that is an exact copy of the original species, and that is at least partly why the authors suggest adding a tag to their names.The authors give examples of how the new tag could be used, changing Mammuthus columbi to Mammuthus recr. columbi, for example. In some cases, if the new species is not a close copy of the original, the group suggests that a new species name be given, such as Mammuthus recr. Americanus.The idea of changing the name of resurrected species is not new. The International Union for Conservation of Nature published guidelines three years ago offering possible ways to classify resurrected species. The authors with the new effort suggest a more standardized format. They suggest that not only will it make things less confusing for scientists, it will help environmentalists develop specific guidelines for preventing the species from going extinct again.If the international community agrees with the suggestion and governing bodies move forward with the idea, there are still likely to be some issues that will be difficult to resolve. For instance, researchers want to determine how much extinct DNA in a living animal’s genome qualifies for tagging. Also, some may not agree with the tag chosen because, as some in the field have already pointed out, current resurrections are not actually copies of ancient species—they are hybrids. Citation: Group suggests adding tag to resurrected extinct animal names (2017, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A group of scientists from several institutions in Germany has suggested that extinct animals that are resurrected through scientific means be given a tag on their name to indicate their origins. In a Policy Forum piece in the journal Science, the group suggests adding the tag “recr” to scientific names given to resurrected creatures to make sure they are not confused with the original. More information: De-extinction, nomenclature, and the law Science  09 Jun 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6342, pp. 1016-1017 DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4012 , concept of de-extinction, aimed at restoration of extinct species, is controversial (1). Improvements in de-extinction techniques (back-breeding, cloning, and genomic engineering) now provide the opportunity to attempt to resurrect extinct species (2, 3). Up to 25 extinct animal species have been proposed as candidates for de-extinction (4) on the basis of their high public profiles, availability of well-preserved DNA, existence of closely related species who may serve as host or surrogate parents, and availability of suitable habitat in the case of planned reintroductions (1). From a legal point of view, it will be crucial to clarify how de-extinct species will be classified, in particular, in relation to their potential conservation status under national and international law. We discuss implications for conservation laws, which largely depend on nomenclature, and laws regarding the release of genetically engineered species, which do not, and argue for unique naming of de-extinct species. Journal information: Science A mammoth task—how do we decide which species to resurrect?center_img Explore further © 2017 The Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi). Credit: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Rep Lucidos juror compensation bill approved by state House

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 03May Rep. Lucido’s juror compensation bill approved by state House Michigan has taken one step closer to increasing juror pay to anyone called to serve in civil and criminal court proceedings after the state House unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido today.Lucido’s legislation increases individual juror pay by $5 – if the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund, which reimburses local and county courts for jury-related costs, has more than $2 million over the two previous fiscal years.“Performing a civic duty shouldn’t involve having to pay out of your pocket for doing the right thing,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “There are basic costs incurred just for serving as a juror, such as transportation and parking, so the least we can do is pay better for it. We have not increased our juror pay rates in almost 15 years and it’s time we improved our compensation in a fiscally-responsible way.”Currently, jurors are paid $25 on the first full day of trial ($12.50 for a half day), increasing to $40 for each following full day and $20 for a half day.“What we pay our jurors needs to meet the economic reality to thank them for being a critical part of our justice system,” said Lucido, a member of the House Law & Justice Committee. “It’s the least we can do, especially without creating any additional costs for the taxpayers.”A second bill Lucido spoke to would update obsolete language in the Revised Judicature Act.House Bills 4209 and 4210 advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has

first_imgThe Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved domestic telco, broadcaster and cable TV operator DNA’s acquisition of pay TV service PlusTV. The decision means that Plus TV will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of DNA in a week’s time and will be used to boost DNA’s existing TV offering, DNA said in a statement.“DNA intends to offer both PlusTV and DNA customers better and more extensive antenna network services by combining the antenna TV offerings of both companies as soon as possible,” the firm said, promising more details once the transaction is complete.DNA added that the PlusTV customers’ existing subscriptions and services will continue unchanged. However the firm, which claims to be the only pay-tv operator that offers terrestrial HDTV in Finland, said that PlusTV customers will now also be able to receive HD channels including Yle HD, MTV3 HD, Nelonen Pro 1 HD and Nelonen Pro 2 HD.“We wish to create the best entertainment service in Finland, with the most satisfied customers,” said Pekka Väisänen, vice-president for DNA’s consumer business. “The sales, marketing and development of entertainment services has now become possible at the national level, and we intend to build better and better entertainment services for the Finnish people.”DNA has approximately 600,000 cable network customers and more than 155,000 pay TV subscriptions in cable and antenna households. PlusTV adds a further 220,000 households as customers.last_img read more

Access network providers and content owners are in

first_imgAccess network providers and content owners are increasingly looking to build their own CDN infrastructure. Ahead of IBC, DTVE surveyed key CDN industry players about their views on the future direction of the market. What changes have occurred in the CDN market for video services in the past year?James Taylor, director of cloud services in EMEA, Level 3Over the past year, we have seen more customers move to a multi-platform approach for their video services. This trend is driving CDNs to adopt a range of consolidating technologies to reformat content so that it’s compatible with different devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Another major change has been the usage of 3D video content. When 3D video launched, hardware manufactures promoted the technology with considerable passion, however this has quickly dissipated with the advent of HEVC & UHD solutions for 4K and 8K video. Mass video compression of 3D content will not materialise in production for the next 12 – 18 months, but it is where a lot of the forward-looking effort is being spent.Paul Larbey, president, video business unit, Alcatel-LucentWhat we’ve seen, and where we specialise is in providing CDN technology to service providers who have their own pay TV offerings and are basically looking to optimise the delivery of that TV to connected devices, be it tablets, games consoles or connected TVs. I think one of the main changes we’ve seen is the move away from basically optimising delivery, which is historically the focus of all caching technologies, to using CDN technologies, not only to provide optimal delivery, but also to add some management back into the delivery of that video in a managed IP network. So although you use the internet protocols, there’s no reason that it shouldn’t be delivered in a very managed and controlled way. Basically [you are] enhancing the CDN to add more video awareness and allow you to put the operator in, effectively to regain control of the management of that IP traffic.Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, BroadpeakOver the past year, we have seen more video service providers building their own CDN infrastructures in order to control their overall quality of service, but also to cut some of their CDN costs. This is particularly the case for cable and telecom companies who own their network infrastructures. Building on their success, some cable and telecom operators have opened their CDN infrastructures by selling CDN services to over the top (OTT) players who are looking for a premium quality delivery service.Peter Coppola, VP, market development, Limelight NetworksConsumers are looking for rich content and online video encompasses that – yet consumers are constantly on the move requiring that video needs to play on multiple devices, quickly and in high-quality. CDN providers have needed to accelerate their delivery of content since slow-loading videos can be detrimental to a business. Consumers and businesses alike have high expectations on video delivery and performance. Over the past year, companies have recognised how critical video is in engaging audiences and even converting prospects to customers, as found from a recent survey conducted by TechValidate of Limelight Networks’ customers during the month of July. The majority of respondents find performance and reliability as extremely important when choosing a solution, which has been affecting the CDN market as CDN providers are constantly working to improve these factors. Consumers’ use of video-on-demand and live streaming of online video wherever they may be is growing and will continue to dominate the marketplace as performance is enhanced.Duncan Potter, chief marketing officer, SeaWell NetworksWe have seen a growing trend, led by organisations such as Comcast and Telefónica, to base their own CDNs on open source technology – typically Apache Traffic Server or Varnish – as they recognise that there is significantly more to do when delivering ABR video. This has opened up the opportunity for organisations, such as Seawell, to provide an intelligent delivery layer on top of the cache-based delivery infrastructure that provides additional services, such as dynamic repackaging, ad/alternate content insertion and QoE management.Jerry Miller, VP of service operations, QuickPlay MediaThe market for CDN services has seen increased commoditisation as new participants continue to enter the space, resulting in a number of changes. As CDN prices continue to drop, there is less emphasis on pricing and features such as HTTP streaming overshadow proprietary protocols, shifting the overall focus to quality of service and reliability.  Higher bit-rate video services now require high-throughput connections over diverse channels (including wired, mobile and WiFi) from users to CDN services as well as automated failover for high-availability origin and cache functions, making it imperative that the CDN consistently supports high bit-rates over the entire data flow.Jon Haley, vice-president, business development, EdgewareNetflix’s move to create their own CDN to improve quality and reduce cost – our observation is that their success with this has prompted many cable and telco service providers to seriously revise their ambitions for their own multiscreen TV and video services and to focus on delivery quality as a major potential differentiator. We have seen the launch of comprehensive pay TV offerings from some major operators looking to combat these OTT services by combining live, network DVR and VoD. We have also seen an increased interest from OTT service providers looking to build their own CDNs.James Segil, president, EdgeCastCore CDNs are adding more value-added services to increase the value beyond traditional caching/streaming. Streaming is moving toward video delivery over HTTP and away from FMS/WMS, with more content providers (Netflix, Google etc.) building their own CDNs. More traditional Cloud Service providers are also now adding CDN to their product portfolio to help video delivery, as CDNs and telcos continue to evolve the business models of working together.What bandwidth challenges face content providers in delivering web services?Jon Haley, EdgewareThe lack of determinism.  Delivering reasonable quality during average viewing numbers is possible, especially from a CDN designed to deliver a specific service such as pure live or pure VOD. However, when everyone presses pause or wants to re-start live programs, the majority of CDNs start relying on the fact they only promise ‘best efforts’. This is not only because of downstream congestion in the ISP’s core and aggregation networks, but also due to the fact that recording and delivering on-demand uses new storage and processor resources on the CDN that are unlikely to be dimensioned to the same level as those needed for live. Best efforts are good enough for free or very low-cost services, but not for true pay TV subscribers. We are seeing a strong trend from content providers looking to overcome this congestion by reaching agreement with ISPs to extend CDNs into their networks, and we also see a strong requirement for optimised CDN equipment to be able to guarantee delivery, regardless of the mix of services and the size of the audience.James Segil, EdgeCastSmartphone adoption rates are at all time highs, and the networks accessing those video files can be in very challenging, hard to reach markets. Take India as an example. Providing the consumer with the appropriate file, catered to the wireless device asking for that file, in a timely manner, in these distant markets is always going to be a challenge for content owners. CDNs are being asked to solve that problem for content owners and often times the issue is very complex and tied to issues such as lack of infrastructure, peering and network interconnectivity, government regulations, etc. All of these issues combined can provide a less than optimal user experience.James Taylor, Level 3Online video is experiencing an exponential growth curve that is driving larger and larger investments in internet infrastructure as a whole. Where this investment is split over multiple third parties, regional bottlenecks can quickly form. At the same time, online is becoming a staple requirement to many content owners’ businesses, if not the primary point of contact, and replicating a TV-like experience is becoming a mandatory expectation for many content owners. However, with so many variables across different stakeholders it can be challenging to meet. Ultimately, content owners need to pick the right partner by region that gives them the consistency in each market to span multiple networks. In many cases it’s prudent to adopt a multi-vendor strategy using quality as the means of selection.Paul Larbey, Alcatel-LucentI think one of the challenges you have is that the protocols you use were developed running over the internet, i.e. a sort of a best-effort channel, so as a result, a lot of the clients are very greedy. You can quite often get a situation where somebody watching a soap opera on an iPad could potentially get a higher bit-rate in the home than somebody watching sport on a 50-inch TV, and clearly that doesn’t make sense. I think that one of the key bandwidth challenges service providers start to face is making sure that they optimise their available network bandwidth on that managed IP network for the delivery of internet video, and use that in the most optimal way given what the different subscribers are watching and on what device they’re watching it.Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakWhile video is bandwidth-hungry by nature, the impact of video traffic differs based on the nature of the video service. Live TV viewing on tablets and smartphones is putting a lot of stress on carrier networks as it features significant traffic peaks when the audience watches popular live events or breaking news. At Broadpeak, we believe that live TV-made-available OTT is the big challenge for carriers when it comes to planning network capacity. It becomes the problem of content providers who need to pay for the related CDN services and who suffer from service outages when the network cannot handle the live traffic peaks.Peter Coppola, Limelight NetworksContent providers need the ability to deliver their content to users wherever they might be, on whichever device they are using.  Users are viewing online video and other content while on the move from their mobile devices – this mobility requires content providers to deliver rich, dynamic content that is personalised and tailored to their device, their location and even their browsing habits. Limelight Networks has a Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA) service that addresses the need to accelerate the delivery of rich content, which can be accessed through our Web Content Management offering, Limelight Orchestrate Content Management.  Other challenges that are being examined by the industry relate to the issues with the HTTP protocol.  At more than a decade old, HTTP protocol was just not designed for use through a mobile network. Limited bandwidth on the mobile network and different display and processing capabilities of mobile devices limit the functionalities and overall experience an end-user will have when viewing rich content. With a limited bandwidth on mobile devices, this can affect a majority of content viewers as more customers are viewing rich media from their phones, laptops, and other mobile devices while on the move.Is there a business case for access providers building their own CDN infrastructure? Peter Coppola, Limelight NetworksOver 100 network providers have built CDNs for internal use cases like IPTV, but public-facing CDNs are complicated and network operators’ footprint make it difficult for them to be the sole service provider to enterprises. The challenge access network providers would find when building their own CDN infrastructure is having to serve content from multiple, geographical locations. CDNs have servers dispersed in numerous locations, allowing for users to have their content routed through a relatively nearby physical center, which offers less latency.  Additionally, the technology that CDNs have that enables the acceleration of delivery of content is critical to ensuring the CDN is beneficial to the company. CDNs usually incorporate an acceleration service into their content management platforms, as does Limelight, since the speed of the delivery is crucial to business performance. New models around CDNs partnering with network operators are likely to emerge, such as CDN federations and transparent caching interconnect.Jerry Miller, QuickPlay MediaYes. While the CDN market was traditionally dominated by a handful of service companies, the market has become increasingly commoditised with the emergence of new CDN service providers.  Operators are now willing to invest into the business with additional infrastructure and manage their own services, since CDN is a commodity for services like video and video eats up most of the peering into the operator and last-mile traffic – this becomes more a concern for constrained operators like mobile. CDN is still not easy to implement, which is why there have been so many failed attempts in the marketplace, but with the right partner/system integrator, it is definitely worth considering.  The challenge is a private CDN needs a global partner to convert from being a cost saver to a revenue generator, and I believe there are still few viable and reliable partners to do this, with a strong emphasis on “viable and reliable”.Duncan Potter, SeaWell NetworksThere is clearly a business case. However, at this stage, the business cases have mostly been based on the cache optimisation potential. However, to some extent that has been defeated by the proliferation of ABR protocols being delivered causing caches to become less efficient. Solutions such as repackaging at the edge of the network and targeted ad insertion being implemented as an overlay for the cache-based delivery infrastructure bring a far higher level of efficiency and backhaul cost reduction while opening the way for targeted add insertion. This re-asserts a far more positive business case and essentially does not compete with the traditional CDNs.  This different way of thinking, with key services at the edge of the network based on sophisticated session management and cloud based centralized services, is a key aspect of network architectures for telcos.  Organisations that think purely centrally with “dumb pipe” delivery infrastructures are incurring huge costs within their backhaul and access networks that will prevent scaling.James Segil, EdgeCastIt really depends on how you define CDN. If defining CDN means building a video delivery platform to optimise video delivery across the access network, or maybe building an OTT platform to bring video-on-demand services into that access providers product portfolio, than it might make sense. The challenge you have here is ensuring that the CDN you build is capable of providing the content owners – HBO, Disney, Hulu, etc. – a CDN that can meet all of their very strict and complex CDN delivery needs.  Without that, these telecom operators are never going to gain adoption of that CDN service they have built because companies like EdgeCast, Akamai, etc., are already providing these services to all the largest content owners with a highly complex, globally-distributed network that no cable/telecom operator is capable of building themselves.Paul Larbey, Alcatel-LucentThe answer is absolutely yes, and our focus is 100% on selling software equipment and services to service providers who want to do exactly that. If you’re talking about service providers who want to basically use it as a technology to offer their own pay TV, rather than outsource that to somebody in the internet, I think that’s absolutely where the business case is and that’s where the focus is, because the future of pay TV delivery is over an IP pipe. That IP pipe is within that access network and I don’t think service providers are willing to outsource such a fundamentally important part of their video delivery infrastructure.Jon Haley, EdgewareYes, but primarily for delivery of their own TV and video services. The business models for providing operator CDN services to OTT content providers are still being established, but most operators have come to the conclusion that it does not make much sense to use pure-play CDNs for their multiscreen services – i.e. to route content out of their network only to receive it back again when requested by their own broadband subs. The major push by players such as Akamai, Level3 and Netflix to establish caching in the operator networks indicates its importance to achieving broadcast quality, so we expect to see the balance of power shifting back to these middle and last mile network owners.Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakThere is a large opportunity for cable and telecom operators to capture an important part of the CDN market, but to do this they need to focus on what makes them different in the content delivery chain. At Broadpeak, we believe that networks have an edge related to the boxes they put in every home. Broadband gateways and set-top boxes represent a highly distributed delivery infrastructure. By leveraging this infrastructure and making it a part of the content delivery network, cable and telecom operators can offer a far superior service in terms of quality – at a fraction of the CDN market price.How far do network providers and global CDN providers complement each other?Duncan Potter, SeaWell NetworksThe rise of ‘operator CDNs’ that focus purely on bypassing the local content providers, pits access network providers directly against the global CDN providers. By rethinking their own ‘CDN’ strategy to focus on targeted ad/alternate content insertion and differentiated services at an individual household or subscriber level, access network providers can reduce the direct competition and focus on what they do best – serve subscribers with differentiated and valuable services.Jerry Miller, QuickPlay MediaA global CDN provider has what a network provider cannot get easily today: global reach and network agnosticism.  A network provider has the lines and can ensure Quality of Service (QoS). These two form the perfect complement, if they can work together.  The challenge is that with the CDN federation still a pipe dream, these two entities must determine a way to work that allows the network provider to share in the revenue while enabling the global CDN to benefit from the QoS, preferably without either of them becoming exclusive to the other.Peter Coppola, Limelight NetworksCDNs are in the business of the online world, ensuring that rich, valuable content is being delivered to the end user in high quality and at a high speed. Though many consumers still tend to turn to traditional access network providers to view their favourite content, such as TV shows or movies, when an access network provider can offer that content in multiple formats, such as online and mobile viewing, their business platform is strengthened. We see an opportunity for global pure play CDNs and network operators to partner around delivery, enabling better service and new business models.Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakGlobal CDN service providers are already competing with network service providers today in several markets. Global CDNs have an advantage when it comes to footprint and international traffic. Operators are stronger when it comes to carrying traffic over their infrastructure. The emergence of CDN selection products – such as Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN – finally makes it possible for cable and telecom operators to beat CDN providers by joining a CDN confederation built around CDN selection rules managed by content providers.James Taylor, Level 3An individual access network on its own doesn’t create a compelling proposition for content owners, therefore collaboration is really the only viable way forward. This is particularly true because the cost barrier to enter the CDN marketplace is very high. Scalability is also important, therefore a network must work with a global CDN provider – or vice versa – in order to provide optimum global reach.  Global, scalable networks such as the one from Level 3 Communications will hence continue to grow in importance for the market, a fact that is reflected by customer take-up. CDN providers are orientating their platform development to integrate deeper into access networks to reduce the bit mile cost of rich media in an attempt to find mutually beneficial models. This enables them to scale with the exponential growth in video we expect to see in the coming years.Jon Haley, EdgewareGlobal CDNs own the commercial relationships with today’s content providers, but they need the cooperation of the access network owners to deliver the quality and availability needed for internet services to start to replace traditional broadcast. Today we see growing competition between them for delivery of local content as access network owners grow their CDN sales and marketing capabilities.James Segil, EdgeCastEdgeCast believes that network providers are all a very key part of the value chain for CDN services. To some extent, we have partneredwith many telecom operators to better optimise how CDN services are delivered into their respective networks, so in this case that is very complementary. Selling CDN services to content owners and competing with EdgeCast or Akamai is a challenge that we have seen only a few telecom operators succeed in.How do you expect the CDN market to evolve over the coming 12 months?Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakWe expect the CDN market to grow steadily over the next 12 months. We expect that the share of  network service providers in the video CDN market will grow slightly faster than the global CDN service provider share.James Taylor, Level 3The CDN market will continue to evolve much as it has done over the last 12 months. CDN providers will continue to simplify the delivery of video to new devices and formats. As they continue to dynamically re-wrap content and use format agnostic methods of content protection the CDN market will naturally evolve. CDN operators and access network providers will continue to find consistent models for collaboration, as each are equally important in the internet ecosystem. The one area we expect to see change is in vendor consolidation. As capital investment increases and margins reduce, only the very largest CDN operators will find enough scale for a viable business. As a result, many of the smaller providers will either become niche or re-focus on higher margin enterprise business.Jon Haley, EdgewareWe expect continued growth in the number of cable and telco TV services that are fully extended to multiscreen – i.e. all channels made available with the same catchup rights on all devices. These will require additional subscription or will only be available with premium subscriptions, and the quality of delivery and availability from the CDN will therefore need to be guaranteed. We expect this to continue to drive the majority of deployments of operators’ own CDNs. We also expect to see a continued move away from “home-grown” solutions based on standard hardware and open source towards specialist systems that provide predictable and scalable performance. Finally we expect to see some extension of these operator CDNs to OTT providers as a B2B service, but only on a case-by-case basis and primarily for local content broadcasters.Duncan Potter, SeaWell NetworksFirst, the inertia preventing a clear understanding of the business case for targeted ad insertion will fade, adding momentum to this movement. Secondly the access network providers will start insisting on far more sophisticated session management with an intelligent layer of additional services to provide individualised “experiences” to subscribers. Thirdly the commoditisation of underlying infrastructure will continue to drive down basic delivery costs. Finally, the cost of global CDN bandwidth will continue to erode at between 20-30% causing the global CDNs to continue to force the pace with content providers by looking for additional services.  This, in turn, will put even more pressure on access network providers to move faster in their own service deployments.James Segil, EdgeCastAll segments of the business are expected to continue growing, but we think the emerging economies of the world – Indonesia, Latin America, etc. – are really going to show the most amount of growth. Limited broadband and wireless access has kept some of these regions of the world sheltered from the kind of growth we’ve seen in the developed economies, but that dynamic is going away. We also expect the value added services on top of traditional CDN caching to become more complex and valued, adding to our ability to grow revenue through new product and services beyond core CDN.Jerry Miller, QuickPlay MediaThe market will continue to see operators build and/or partner to enter the CDN space. With a myriad of options available amongst existing pure play CDNs, operators, and CDN vendors, more will succeed than in the past.  This will influence existing CDN services to aggressively partner with operators and switch their models away from commodity type services.  With these newly formed partnerships, specialty services like security – WAF, anti-DDoS – dynamic content acceleration, video processing and higher order analytics will become the area of focus.  As the market continues to consolidate and grow, we can expect to see this trend become more predominant.Paul Larbey, Alcatel-LucentI think we see it growing rapidly. We see it becoming more important for operators who want to use an IP protocol to deliver their next generation video pay-TV offering to connected devices. So the importance is increasing. At the same time, as a result of that, the scale of the deployed on-net CDNs is also increasing and naturally the scale of the deployed on-net CDNs is increasing. Also the functionality they need to be more video-aware and do advanced features such as personalised ad-insertion and content blackout to comply with both regulatory restrictions, as well as to generate additional revenue streams, [is] where we will continue to increase.last_img read more

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