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Varnish Software joins EBU’s 5G and satellite media delivery project

Company aims to unite satellite and land-based 5G with caching and content delivery solutions

Varnish Software is joining the European Broadcasting Union’s 5G-EMERGE consortium, which aims to develop an integrated satellite and terrestrial system based on open standards to enable high-quality content distribution services.

According to the company, the project will help content providers, telecom operators and CSPs deliver lightning-fast, high-quality web and streaming experiences at lower costs, all while reducing latency by as much as 50 per cent or more.

Varnish Software will work closely with the Swedish company, Artic Space Technologies, to provide innovative uplink and satellite communications solutions that have “the potential to completely redefine the mechanism of content delivery over satellite”.

The company said virtualised, orchestrated and software defined satellite ground segment applications, such as HTTP based Multicast Uplink, will be merged with DVB-S2X allowing far edges, such as 5G base stations, to subscribe and cache all HTTP responses on the satcom network.

By combining Artic Space Technologies’ satcom solutions with caching from Varnish, the organisations can greatly minimise traffic over a satellite network and CDN, said the company. This will improve the quality of service for the end user by reducing the latency to the satellite.

“The explosion of high-quality, live video content and new immersive experiences presents significant challenges when scaling content delivery and ensuring a flawless viewing experience. Processing and caching content closer to end users is critical,” said Lars Larsson, CEO at Varnish Software. “It’s clear to us that sometimes the closest point will be a satellite orbiting the Earth.”

“Our collaboration with the 5G-EMERGE consortium will not only drive the future of content delivery, but also deliver significant benefits to our customers and their end users around the world. The last mile is no longer out of reach,” added Irene Ahlström-Lundin, CDO and 5G-EMERGE Project Lead at Varnish Software.