Alcatel-Lucent has acquired Velocix, a U.K.-based global provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) infrastructure and services to Internet and broadband service providers and media and entertainment companies.

CDNs optimize digital distribution over the Internet by replicating video and rich media content to geographically dispersed networks of delivery servers. This allows user requests for content to be served more rapidly and reliably from these local delivery servers rather than from a single source.

"With the acquisition of Velocix, Alcatel-Lucent brings a new, unique value proposition to network operators struggling to support their customers’ demands for high-performance delivery of rich media content – technology solutions for localized caching, as well as metro and regional/national overlay CDN services that enable ISPs and content providers to establish mutually beneficial commercial agreements," said Melanie A. Posey, research director, Hosting & Telecom Services, IDC, in a prepared statement.

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