Ericsson’s Media Delivery Network Aims to Advance IP Delivery of Video

Ericsson now offers the Media Delivery Network (MDN) – a complete solution for the delivery of video over IP. By combining a content distribution network with Ericsson’s broader TV portfolio, this solution will enable operators and broadcasters to drive new revenues from the growth in video traffic – without increasing network costs.

As online video grows rapidly and more consumers embrace on-demand entertainment, IP video is expected to represent more than 90 percent of network traffic in the next few years, according to Ericsson. Today the figure lies between 35 and 60 percent, depending on the country. The MDN aims to help broadcasters and operators deliver the TV services that viewers demand and maximize the potential of their networks.

“On-line has become an established method for video watching because it allows you to share your favorite programs and clips with others,” says Giles Wilson, Head of Technology, Solution Area TV, Ericsson.  “Enjoying video no longer ties you to your home but it brings challenges to the operators who have to carry the traffic on their networks. Through our MDN solution we created a platform for the ‘all video’ future in which anytime, anywhere, high-quality, personalized watching on any device is key, whilst helping operators to efficiently carry the increased traffic in their networks.”

The Ericsson MDN enables operators to deploy solutions that overcome issues caused by increasing video traffic in their networks. The MDN is a media-centric network that supports multi-channel TV, video on demand, and over-the-top video content from the same core infrastructure. It includes solutions for distribution and delivery, caching, storing, streaming, transcoding and the content management system (CMS). It also enables targeted advertising and fast channel changing across any platform to any screen.

Wilson says that Ericsson intends to become the change agent for the television industry by helping broadcasters, programmers and operators forward the development of TV. The amount of over-the-top video traffic carried in operator networks will grow significantly as consumers desire a higher-quality and on-demand TV experience – as well as endless content choices within an unbound connected world.