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Level3 Adds New PoPs, RGB Networks Sold to Imagine Communications, KeyCDN Expands its Network and More News

Level 3 Adds 2 More Points-Of-Presence (PoPs) At Singapore

Level 3 Communications, the provider of fiber-based communication services and Content Delivery Network solutions, announced the launch of two additional Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in Singapore to further bolster the Company’s network capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. The new PoPs are co-located with Equinix SG1 20 Ayer Rajah Crescent and Global Switch 2 Tai Seng Avenue and will support multiple offerings from Level 3’s networking portfolio including Content Delivery Network (CDN), Broadcast (Vyvx) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) along with various other cloud and collaboration offerings.

This will further improve the company's services. as well as their CDN solution offering.

Full article at CDN Advisor.

RGB Networks Sold to Imagine Communications for Undisclosed Sum

Imagine Communications, a company with a long history in serving global television broadcasters, announced that it is acquiring RGB Networks. The announcement is the fourth acquisition under the leadership of Imagine Communications’ chief executive Charlie Vogt in a little under a year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. For its part, Imagine sees the acquisition of RGB Networks as a way to position itself and “define the blueprint for an IP, software-defined, cloud-virtualized, multiscreen future” that includes both traditional broadcast gear and more flexible FPGA- and GPP-based transcoding and transrating options. CEO and chairman Jeff Graham has shown great optimism towards the new synergy between the two companies. By integrating RGB Networks’ streaming Dynamic Ad Insertion capabilities into its media portfolio, Imagine Communications will enable the delivery of personalized advertising in real-time, across all video stream types, and on subscribers’ preferred viewing devices.

Full report at StreamingMedia.

Canalys: Apple shipped the most smartphones in China during Q4 2014

For the first time, Apple has beaten local smartphones vendors in China. During Q4 2014, the company’s iPhone line nabbed first place by units shipped in the Chinese smartphone market. The latest estimates come from Canalys, an independent analyst firm, which said the U.S. company reached the milestone thanks to the “incredible popularity” of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China.

The next top three vendors during the quarter in China by units shipped were Xiaomi, Samsung, and Huawei, respectively. Canalys previously reported that Xiaomi had unseated Samsung for the top spot in Q2 2014. Apple isn’t first worldwide, but it does dominate certain markets very well.

Are your mobile sites and apps ready to be delivered to China?

Read more at VentureBeat.

KeyCDN Improves North America Network With New PoP At Atlanta

KeyCDN, the provider of of high-performance and innovative Content Delivery Networks, expanded its network in the North America region by adding a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Atlanta, thus taking its tally of PoPs in the United States to 8. The South-Eastern US traffic was routed through KeyCDN’s Dallas, Washington D.C. or Miami facilities. The new facility will further improve the performance and reduce the latency for its customers in this region, while also reducing load on the existing PoPs. Atlanta PoP is the Company’s latest expansion after its Paris PoP last week and the Company also stated that it was planning to add one more facility at Denver, Canada soon. Stay tuned for more updates from KeyCDN.

Read more at CDN Advisor.

Snapchat launches Discover, a new media channel for brand advertising

Snapchat is launching Discover, a new tab within its mobile app that will give users access to long-form articles and video cultivated by Snapchat’s new editorial team. Today’s launch was expected. The new section will feature content from Comedy Central, Food Network, CNN, National Geographic, Vice, Yahoo, and Warner Music Group.

These media brands are supposed to find partners who will advertise alongside the media they display on Snapchat’s new channel, which would supply the company with some much needed revenue, according to a report from DigiDay. The company has shown great enthusiasm in their official statement/blog post.

Full story here.

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