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Arkena to deliver NRK online services

February 17, 2015

By Sanjeev Bhavnani

NRK has signed a contract with Arkena for CDN (Content Delivery Network) services.

The national public broadcaster NRK is considered the largest Norwegian streaming service. In 2014, NRK streamed 120 petabytes of data to its audience, and this year NRK expects volume to be over 200 petabytes.

“NRK is Norway’s largest and most experienced purchaser of CDN services and performed a thorough quality review before deciding on the suppliers. We are both thrilled and proud to have received the top score from NRK and look forward to delivering market leading streaming services to them,” says Richard Löfgreen, Managing Director at Arkena Norway.

NRK is upgrading its streaming platform.

In parallel, NRK puts a final touch to a new streaming structure where the selected CDN providers will be integrated even closer to ensure a better and more stable service.

“This is a great opportunity for Arkena. We will be constantly benchmarked for quality against the other two selected CDN vendors, and we know that NRK is going to compare us closely to optimise traffic flow,” says Löfgreen, while also emphasizing that “it is wise for such a large media corporation as NRK to focus on structuring a solid, future-proof online platform with strong redundancy and capacity.”

“Online audiences have higher demands on the quality of the streaming experience, and as the usage becomes more widespread, the online video viewers are also losing patience with network problems. This trend increases the expectations on the entire value chain, and we look forward to working closely with NRK on this major challenge,” says Löfgreen.

“Arkena is well prepared with its offer based on the competence and culture for quality of service that originates from the expertise on network infrastructure of the French TDF Group. TDF has been providing the market with high quality infrastructure from day one. This has given our company the right experience and perfect culture to handle the strong growth we see ahead of us and this is also evident in Arkena’s dedication to invest heavily and systematically in capacity and services.”

NRK’s decision reinforces the leading position of Arkena for delivering CDN services to the media industry.

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