The 2009 Frost & Sullivan World Content Delivery Networks Hot Investment Opportunity Award is presented to Ipercast International, a France-based Content Delivery Networks (CDN) service provider. In a highly competitive CDN landscape, Ipercast has differentiated itself by building a repertoire of exceptional multimedia broadcasting solutions on Internet Protocol (IP) platforms.
"Ipercast's CDN services have been profitable since 2001, with the company currently enjoying a high growth rate," states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Swarna Pasupathi. "It is the fastest-growing CDN service provider in the world and has been the top ranked CDN service provider in France since 2007."
As part of its core CDN solution, Ipercast offers clients a range of standardised and customised solution suites that comprise news/media/communication, corporates, luxury groups, e-commerce/retail,government and advertising. The company has designed different sets of solutions according to industry type and client requirement, unlike the stand-alone CDN solutions provided by its competitors operating in France. Ipercast has a growing client base of more than 60 companies, including TF1, France Television, Orange (France Telecom), AOL LLC, BBC, ,MSN, UNIVERSAL , AB Group, M6 and CDiscount.
Ipercast possesses its own dedicated network for load balancing and streaming the delivery of content across PC, TV, and mobile devices. The company has succeeded in developing its current network structure with the presence of data centers located in key points in Europe and North America to facilitate smooth network flow.
"CDN customers who are fully dependent on only one supplier, take the risk of variable performances," remarks Swarna Pasupathi." Ipercast's response is its meta-CDN solution, which optimises the network performance of several CDNs, thus providing the highest level of reliability and quality to end-customers via an intelligence cloud."
Ipercast has attracted customers with its innovative technical and marketing strategies. For instance, it dynamically manages the traffic delivery of its CDN partners, using its own traffic management rules and real-time independent monitoring tools.
A two week trial and buy package of its CDN services has enabled customers to evaluate the company's products on a self-service basis, based on their requirement. Moreover, Ipercast offers a flexible billing structure charging customers only according to the consumption of their users.
"Ipercast's has successfully built an intelligent network environment through its strategic partnerships with hardware providers (Cisco, Intel), worldwide CDNs including Mirror Image and Level 3 Communications software providers like Microsoft's Silverlight/Playready as well as major professional content owners" comments Swarna Pasupathi. "These have enabled Ipercast to leverage its well-connected content delivery network across the globe and to provide the best service chosing the most adapted delivery point according to the client's needs."
The Frost & Sullivan Hot Investment Opportunity Award in the World CDN Industry is bestowed upon the private company that has demonstrated excellence in managing its growth, maintaining a strong management team, and establishing a sustainable competitive advantage in an attractive market. The Award recipient must be well positioned in a growing market and have demonstrated the potential to obtain market leadership in the near-term. Finally, clear exit paths must exist, along with the potential for exceptional investment returns at an acceptable risk level for potential investors.
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About Ipercast International
Ipercast has been evolving since 2001 in the solutions of hosting and management of media contents on all IP networks (Internet, TV/DSL, mobiles). The company has been created by one of the current shareholders whose solid background in the Internet and new media's world permitted the company to successfully carried out for itself its very own position in the market. Since 2004 Ipercast is showing its expertise also in the short media content distribution market becoming a strategic partner for the supply of media content. In 2006 Siparex and OTC put their beliefs and trust in Ipercast projects and became shareholders of the company sustaining its internationalization. Today Ipercast has become one of the major players in Europe and very well-known for its dynamism and innovation, for the reliability of its products, its overall service and of its managerial team.
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