APO selects CDNetworks to improve press release distribution across Africa


CDNetworks, the global content delivery network (CDN) with fully integrated Cloud Security solution, has been chosen by APO, the sole press release newswire in Africa, to accelerate its press release distribution platform www.Africa-Newsroom.com, and bolster the online visibility of its clients’ multimedia press releases in Africa and the world.

CDNetworks provides journalists, consumers, and target audiences with an optimized experience by making www.Africa-Newsroom.com load three times faster, speeding up access to multimedia press releases.

By using CDNetworks, static content is cached locally, close to the end user, thus reducing distance-induced latency from APO’s local servers. In addition, CDNetworks enables APO to quickly and reliably deliver dynamic content to users around the world.

This decreases Time to First Byte (TTFB), the time it takes from a user to make an HTTP request to the first byte of the page being received by the user’s browser of www.Africa-Newsroom.com from 133ms to 7ms. At the same time, CDNetworks accelerates the downloading of press releases with multimedia content – videos, photos, documents and audio-files. These rich Africa-related multimedia press releases are now available to all journalists around the globe within a fraction of a second.

Adding multimedia content to a press release results in read rates well above industry standards when compared to a simple text-only news release. APO gives its customers the option to enrich their press releases – free of charge – by adding multimedia content such as photos, videos, audio files, links, and documents.

CDNetworks will enable APO to deliver this content and meet the growing demand for multimedia press release distribution in Africa by consolidating its technological and commercial leadership.

“Accelerating global websites into emerging markets is one of our specialties. We are very happy that APO has entrusted us to speed up their unique platform for press release distribution and integrated marketing dedicated to Africa globally,” says Alex Nam, CDNetworks Managing Director for EMEA region.

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Africa’s internet capacity is growing, however it remains slow when compared to other countries in the developing world. This makes it difficult for internet users to download rich multimedia press releases with high-quality images, video, documents and audio files, unless the content delivery process is supported by a high performance CDN.

CDNetworks’ unique position as the only multinational CDN with expertise and infrastructure in China, Russia and other emerging markets enables CDNetworks to be a trusted partner in local markets, while serving as foremost experts on extending into global markets.


About Author

Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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