AT&T, Akamai renew alliance through 2019, enhance cloud portfolio for businesses

AT&T has renewed its global alliance with Akamai through 2019, enhancing its cloud service lineup with additional media delivery and web security services for business customers.

By renewing this alliance, AT&T’s global business customers will continue to get access to Akamai services as part of a broader portfolio of cloud and network solutions.

“The use of AT&T IP networks and AT&T Security Services along with Akamai CDN and related web security services is a powerful one,” said Mo Katibeh, SVP of AT&T advanced solutions, in a release. “Collectively, they form the underpinnings of the secure infrastructure that can help enterprises thrive in today's massively connected and distributed world."

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Additionally, Akamai is expanding its global server footprint located at the edge of AT&T's IP network.  

Akamai says the expansion of the server footprint can help deliver higher-quality experiences to AT&T customers through more efficient content routing and improved delivery of digital content, video and Web applications.

Throughout their five-year relationship that began in 2012, AT&T and Akamai have dedicated resources to enhance the security and availability for website and web-based applications for hundreds of customers across the finance, commerce, and entertainment industries.

Alliances with companies like Akamai are important for AT&T, particularly as it looks to enhance its strategic business set, which represents a growing segment.

The telco noted in its fourth quarter earnings report that declines in legacy products and business investment were partially offset by continued growth in strategic business services. Strategic services revenues were up 8.3% year-over-year and make up 38% of business wireline revenues.