Swiss telecoms provider Swisscom and cloud infrastructure service provider Akamai Technologies have announced a strategic partnership focused on the growing content delivery, web application acceleration and cloud security market. This new alliance brings together two leaders in their respective industries to provide solutions that will improve the web and cloud experience for both enterprises and consumers in Switzerland. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies have agreed to invest in joint go-to-market capabilities including sales, customer support and marketing resources to pursue new opportunities in Switzerland.
With over 6.2 million mobile customers, 791,000 Swisscom TV customers and around 1.7 million broadband connections (retail), Swisscom has a significant presence throughout Switzerland and offers a full range of products and services for mobile, landline and IP-based voice and data communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Swisscom will act as a preferred ‘go to’ market partner for Akamai in Switzerland, reselling and integrating the complete Akamai services portfolio into its solutions to create value-added services for its customers.
Urs Schaeppi, CEO Swisscom (Switzerland), explained, “This strategic partnership is very interesting for us. With this collaboration, we combine innovative Akamai services with our strong brand, deep customer understanding and local support. The new services will address the growing expectations of enterprise customers for high-performing delivery of digital content, video and cloud applications. It will support the explosive growth in devices, content and traffic, all while helping to defend customers against an increasing flood of security attacks. This not only enables an optimum online experience for internet users but also supports our corporate promise to be a trustworthy partner in the digital world.”
Commenting on the alliance, Mark Vargo, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Akamai, said, “The partnership will ensure a first-class level of service quality delivered to Swisscom customers. The integration of Akamai solutions into Broadcast, Hosting or Cloud Services from Swisscom will create performance, cost and security benefits for business to business customers as well as for end users. Two premier brands have joined forces to create new solutions sets and service offerings to help enterprises to better face the challenges of an exponential growing hyper connected world.”