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ATIS Releases Multicast-Based Content Distribution Standard

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ATIS Releases Multicast-Based Content Distribution Standard

WASHINGTON — ATIS announced today that its Cloud Services Forum (CSF) has released the CDN Interconnection Use Cases and Requirements for Multicast-Based Content Distribution (ATIS-0200004) standards document. This ATIS Standard provides a description of Multicast as a means for distributing content across two Content Distribution Network CDN Providers. It identifies the types of content suitable for Multicast and, for these content types, describes the advantages of Multicast use over Unicast Cache distribution methods. It also describes various Multicast configurations that can be deployed for distribution over multiple CDN Provider domains. The standard develops use cases and requirements to enable Multicast content delivery and generic lifecycle interactions to support Multicast between pairs of CDN providers as part of a federation. These requirements define the Multicast methods for distribution of increasingly popular content types such as real-time streaming and live content from IPTV.

“Multicast is a highly efficient delivery mechanism for advancing the cloud’s capability to enable many users to access the same content at the same time, which is critical for live events,” said Susan Miller, ATIS president and CEO. “With this new standard completed in only six months, ATIS leads the market in standardizing Multicast as a vehicle for content distribution.”

Until March 15, 2012, this document will be available at no charge through the ATIS Document Center by entering promotional code “CSF112.” The ATIS Document Center is the leading online resource for published telecommunication standards, as well as technical reports, requirements and guidelines produced by ATIS-sponsored industry forums and committees. Access the new ATIS standard, CDN Interconnection Use Cases and Requirements for Multicast-Based Content Distribution (ATIS-0200004), at http://www.atis.org/docstore/product.aspx?id=26078.

About ATIS

ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 200 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ Committees, covering issues including: Cloud Services, IPTV, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support, Emergency Services, Architectural Platforms and Emerging Networks. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address evolving industry priorities including ehealth, cybersecurity, the transition of the PSTN, unified client architecture and machine-to-machine communications.

ATIS is a founding partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, please visit www.atis.org.

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