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The global content delivery network market size was valued at USD 18.60 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 21.67 billion in 2023 to USD 94.98 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 23.5% during the forecast period.
This report has considered market players, including Akamai Technologies, Amazon Web Services, Inc., Fastly, Inc., Limelight Networks Inc. (Edgio), and others that offer CDN solutions. The modern CDN vendors compete by offering end-to-end services and solutions to a wide range of industries with different needs as compared to traditional CDN vendors. Companies of all sizes are progressively using a multi-CDN approach that consists of bundled services to meet all their needs. This expansion is swift among startups, who use multiple providers to save costs.
The market is driven by the significant growth of internet traffic and rising popularity of social media, online gaming, video streaming, and other digital content. Consumption of Over-The-Top (OTT) video content is quickly evolving due to consistent improvements in the digital infrastructure and affordable subscription costs.
Deployment of High-Speed Data Networks and Preference for In-Home Entertainment to Propel Market Growth Post Pandemic
The earlier phases of the pandemic had a direct impact on the market owing to the growing demand for video content. This period also created labor and supply chain challenges. With the imposition of trade restrictions and lockdowns, it became more challenging for the vendors to manage their supply chains, making it difficult for them to plan and produce. These disruptions caused an increase in costs and had a detrimental impact on the business.
However, the market started to recover gradually with the ease in various restrictions. Few businesses took the pandemic as an opportunity to improve their operations and expand into the CDN market. For instance, in March 2020, CDNetworks offered free trial services for Access Acceleration and Media Acceleration for telecommuting businesses and academic institutions in the regions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, some vendors started looking for different investment avenues, looking at the vast potential the market holds. For instance, in October 2020, IRP Commerce invested around USD 367.50 million in a new Content Delivery Network (CDN) to increase website speed.
Increasing Demand for Content Distribution Across Mobile and Wireless Devices to Foster Market Growth
The market is experiencing a rapid shift toward mobile-first content distribution owing to the rising use of mobile devices for accessing online content. According to Cisco, traffic from mobile and wireless devices is expected to account for over two-thirds of all IP traffic by 2023. This trend is prompting content delivery network vendors to optimize their infrastructure and delivery strategies for mobile platforms, ensuring seamless and efficient content delivery on smaller devices with varying network conditions. Moreover, vendors are emphasizing on responsive design and adaptive content formats to cater to a wide range of mobile and wireless devices. For instance, in July 2023, Vodafone deployed Cisco and Qwilt’s content delivery network solution to enhance the capacity and quality of Vodafone’s streaming delivery services to its fixed and mobile broadband customers across Africa and Europe.
Thus, the market is driven by the increasing mobile user base and need for better user experience across all devices.
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Growing Need for Low Latency in Real-Time Applications to Drive Market Growth
Several factors, including increased Internet usage, rise in video streaming, growing popularity of e-commerce, gaming & e-sports, security concerns, and others will drive the global content delivery network market growth. The pandemic led to a significant surge in the demand for video streaming services, such as Netflix, YouTube, and various live streaming platforms. This factor increased the need for a robust CDN infrastructure for smooth content delivery. As per the 2022 Global Internet Phenomena Report, video streaming accounted for 53.7% of the internet bandwidth traffic, which was an increase by 4.8% from the previous year.
Moreover, there was a greater demand for CDNs in the gaming industry, with online gaming platforms requiring low latency and high-speed content delivery for superior user experiences. However, this scenario led to an increase in cyber threats, which boosted the need for Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) protection and security services, which CDN providers often offer as part of their services.
Furthermore, governments are trying to penetrate the untapped areas and facilitate broadband access in such areas. For instance, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conducts various programs, such as the Connect America Fund and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which aim to expand broadband access in underserved areas.
These factors will collectively contribute to the continuous growth and evolution of the CDN market.
Complex Architecture and Data Security Concerns to Impede Market Growth
The CDN market faces challenges that influence the strategies and investments of CDN providers. While CDNs enhance performance, they also create potential security vulnerabilities. For instance, CDNetworks, in its State of Web Security H1 2022 analysis, stated that in the first half (H1) of 2022, the API security attacks multiplied, increasing by nearly 1.7 times than the previous year. Most attacks were concentrated on film/TV & media information, software information services, e-commerce, transportation, and government agencies. Providers need to invest in robust security measures to alleviate these concerns.
Moreover, network congestion and latency are still a concern in areas with limited infrastructure or sudden spikes in traffic. Delays in live video streaming of live matches and video conferencing may highly affect the network quality, thereby decreasing the demand for content delivery networks.
Growing Demand for Better Media Delivery & Web Performance to Bolster Adoption of CDN Solutions
Based on component, the market is segmented into solutions and services. The solutions segment is further segmented into media delivery, app & web performance, and cloud security.
The solutions segment holds the biggest content delivery network market share owing to the growing applications of CDN in media delivery and web performance optimization. An October 2023 study by Cloudways stated that Walmart experienced a 2% increase in its conversion rate with every 1-second improvement in page load time.
However, the services segment is expected to record the highest CAGR due to the rising demand for professional and consulting CDN services.
Rising Live Streaming and Online Gaming Services to Drive Demand for Dynamic Content
Based on content type, the market classified into static and dynamic.
The dynamic content type segment accounts for the largest share of the market due to the rising demand for real-time interactions, such as live streaming, gaming, and video conferencing. Such applications rely heavily on CDNs to ensure low latency and high performance.
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Increasing Number of Streaming Platforms to Drive CDN Use in Media & Entertainment Industry
Based on end-use, the market is divided into media & entertainment, advertising, e-commerce & retail, BFSI, healthcare, IT & telecom, gaming, and others.
The media & entertainment segment holds the largest share in the market as the industry is experiencing high demand for streaming platforms for video, music, gaming, OTT, and other services. These platforms require content delivery network solutions to deliver content in real time. According to the Netflix Open Connect analysis, 2021, many online entertainment services invest heavily in content to delight and engage their customers. Netflix invested more than USD 12.5 billion in content alone in 2020.
However, the e-commerce & retail segment is expected to display the fastest CAGR owing to the increasing use of mobile devices for online shopping. CDNs assist retailers in frequently updating their product listings, prices, and availability.
The report studies the market across North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa.
North America Content Delivery Network Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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North America holds the highest share in the global market as these services are primarily used in the U.S. and Canada. The region has digitally matured economies due to the early adoption of advanced technologies and frequent investments in research and development. Moreover, the presence of significant content delivery network vendors in the region will contribute to the market growth. Many businesses, including large enterprises and cloud service providers, operate in the region. They utilize CDNs to enhance the performance of their web applications, software downloads, and other digital services.
Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The region’s growth is driven by a surge in smartphone and internet penetration and increasing access to affordable data plans. Asia Pacific has a large mobile-first population, which will foster the demand for CDNs that can optimize the content on mobile devices. Furthermore, governments are striving to offer customers better access to the internet and related technologies. For instance, the South Korean government has invested in its “Korea 4.0” initiative, which includes measures to enhance the country’s digital infrastructure and support content delivery technologies.
Europe accounts for a substantial share of the global market due to the region’s rapid digital transformation, with enterprises across various industries moving their operations online. Also, the consumption of streaming services, online gaming, and other media-rich content is on the rise in Europe. For instance, according to a 2021 study by Netflix, in the U.K., 77% of standard broadband users availed subscription-based video-on-demand services, such as Netflix, while 86% and 90% of users used superfast broadband and ultrafast broadband, respectively.
Similarly, the Middle East & Africa and South America are estimated to showcase great potential in the CDN market owing to many factors, including rapid digital transformation, growing e-commerce & online retail, expansion of media & entertainment industry, favorable government initiatives, and rising digitalization efforts. For instance, Brazil’s National Broadband Plan aims to expand broadband access across the country, which will support the growth of digital content delivery services.
Collaborations & Partnerships among Vendors to Propel Market Growth
Major players in the market are collaborating and partnering with other companies to increase their profit margins. Partnerships can help businesses increase their sales and cut down costs by sharing or combining resources. For instance,
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The report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects, such as leading companies, product/service types, and top applications of the product. Besides, its offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors listed above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
CAGR of 23.5% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion)
By Content Type
The market value is projected to reach USD 94.98 billion by 2030, according to Fortune Business Insights.
In 2022, the market was valued at USD 18.60 billion.
The market is projected to record a CAGR of 23.5% during the forecast period.
E-commerce & retail are expected to lead the market.
Growing need for low latency in real-time applications, such as OTT and video-on-demand services to drive the market growth.
Akamai Technologies, Amazon Web Services, Inc., Fastly, Inc., Limelight Networks Inc. (Edgio), Google LLC., CDNetworks Co. Ltd., Cloudflare, Inc., Tata Communications, Medianova, LLC, and Imperva (Thales Group) are the top players in the market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share.
By component, the services segment is expected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
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