Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 12/02/16: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Dec 2, 2016


This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!


Highlights include:

  1. Mobile Commerce, it’s the Way to Go
  2. Go with the (Work)flow
  3. Akamai vs. MegaDDoS: The Return
  4. The Night the Internet went out in Gambia
  5. Taking Care of Business in China


The big mobile commerce opportunity in rural areas of Asia Pacific*

Internet Retailer
December 2, 2016


Internet adoption in Asia Pacific is growing faster than any other region at a rate of 35.2% year over year.  The region shows the most significant growth in sheer mobile data volume because it is the most populated—and China alone is expected to add 260 mobile subscribers by 2021. Most interestingly, while countries like South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan have the most advanced infrastructures, and by extension the fastest Internet speeds and seemingly the greatest Internet penetration, mobile shopping in countries including China and India, where there are less consistent and slower Internet infrastructures, have far outpaced the rest of the regions in m-commerce.


(See also: AdministradoresThe Hindu Business Line)


*Authored by Akamai’s Senior Director, Industry Marketing Ari Weil


Akamai supports CMAF transcoding to improve OTT video workflow


November 30, 2016


Akamai has introduced Common Media Application Format (CMAF) support for its cloud transcoding service with the aim of helping OTT video players enhance their content delivery capabilities. 


Akamai is offering CMAF support initially available to those customers using Akamai’s on-demand transcoding services, part of the company’s cloud-based Media Services On Demand OTT workflow solution. A CMAF content preparation option is available in addition to existing support for established formats including Adobe HDS, Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming and MPEG-DASH.


(See also: Video Popular)


IoT boom 'prompts surge of security threats'

The China Post

December 2, 2016


Companies and governments eager to harness the internet of things' (IoT) enormous growth potential have rapidly produced millions of new devices that can be hijacked in service of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, security specialists said Friday.


DDoS attacks launch a flood of incoming messages to a system, essentially forcing it to shut down and deny service to users.


"New devices are being produced at an alarming scale," said John McCloskey, senior vice president of global sales at Akamai Technologies.


"We found (that) 5.5 million new things are getting connected each day — a new army of attackers."


According to studies by the firm, the number of connected objects in the world is estimated at approximately 22.9 billion this year, and is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020.


(See also: Solutions NumériquesSüddeutsche ZeitungComputingInformation AgeAsia ImageCloud TechIT HomeIT EspressoInternet WatchComputer WeeklyDisruptive NewsIT DailyLANLineHWSWCSO AustraliaMy BroadbandDark ReadingVenture BeatWired UK)


Gambia’s government has shut down the internet on the eve of elections


December 1, 2016


Internet in the West African nation went off on late Wednesday night (Nov. 30), according to American content delivery company, Akamai Technologies. Several social media users also pointed to the fact that international phone calls were not going through to the country.


The shutdown comes as the country prepares to vote in a presidential election on Thursday (Dec. 1), with President Yahya Jammeh facing a rare challenge from an opposition coalition who hope to end his 22-year rule. More than 880,000 registered voters are expected to vote, with Jammeh warning the opposition against protesting.


(See also: BuzzFeedLa Vanguardia)


Akamai is ready to help Chinese companies expand overseas by providing them with CDN services covering the globe


December 1, 2016


Held in October this year, Akamai’s Edge conference attracted many participants as usual. As the most important event in the CDN industry around the world, it is a boot camp for Akamai’s customers where they can learn the tricks quickly, understand the industry’s standards and have opportunity to practice. It is also a social party for the technology and Internet industry where people from different business can come together and share information and experiences on the newest technologies, services and future trends. What’s more, it is a great stage for enterprises to show their strength.


(See also: EastdayC114KejixunCECB2B)