Aspera and Akamai Honoured With TVBAward for Sky Italia 'TV Anywhere' Installation

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aspera, an IBM company, and Akamai Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, were honoured for their technical innovation at the TVBAwards. In a ceremony held in central London, the companies were presented with the TV Anywhere Solutions award for improving and simplifying Sky Italia’s workflow with Akamai’s Media Delivery solutions.

Since their launch in 2012, Sky Go and Sky on Demand have quickly become some of the most popular video content services in Italy with more than three million combined active users. Faced with this demand, and an increasing amount of content offered via mobile devices, Sky needed to accelerate content upload into its storage systems to grow the breadth and quality of its offerings. This required the right partner to help Sky improve their offerings without additional infrastructure investments.

With a 2500-movie library, almost five million subscribers to the broadcaster’s satellite channels, and more than two million weekly downloads, it was important that Sky Italia is able to offer new content in the fastest and most effective way without affecting quality. Combining the leading high-speed file transfer solutions from Aspera, and Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based storage platform, Sky realized an increase in file upload speed by up to 650 percent.

“It’s an honour to be recognised for our collaboration with Akamai Technologies on an installation that has enabled Sky Italia to speed up the delivery of content to consumers by such an astounding rate,” said Michelle Munson, CEO and co-founder of Aspera.

The TVBAwards, organized by industry publication TVB Europe, celebrates the success stories in the production, management and delivery of media content.

About Aspera
Aspera, an IBM company, is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Part of IBM Cloud, Aspera software is powered by the Emmy® award-winning FASP® protocol to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer, share and sync experience across on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure. Aspera’s core technology delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets. Please visit http://www.asperasoft.com and follow us on Twitter @asperasoft for more information.

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