Content Delivery Network Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Video Content Delivery Network, Non-Video Content Delivery Network), By End Users (Small Enterprises, Medium Enterprises, Large Enterprises), By Applications (Internet Service Providers, Mobile Operators, E-commerce, Media And Entertainment, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

Published:  Sep 2021 Report Code: KSI061610446 Pages: 122

The content delivery network market is projected to witness a CAGR of 30.26% during the forecast period to reach a total market size of US$73.008 billion by 2026, increasing from US$11.473 billion in 2019. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a widely spread network of servers that helps reduce the physical distance between the server and the user, resulting in faster download of web page content. This speeds up the display of high-quality content to the users accessing the webpage across different locations globally. A CDN offloads traffic from content servers and improves the web experience, thus benefiting both the content provider and its end users.

With almost 89 million secure internet servers worldwide in 2020, according to the World Bank, CDNs offer an easy way to increase the speed of a website while also lowering latency. Therefore, they are essential for the fast, efficient, and secure delivery of content to users around the world. 

Geographically, North America has the highest share in the CDN market. By type, video content delivery holds a larger share due to the growth of video-on-demand and OTT services. The ever-increasing video content is expected to be the main reason for the rise of the CDN market.

Growth Factors

  • Increase in internet penetration

Owing to the digital transformation worldwide, CDN delivers static, dynamic, and interactive content to end-users, at an increased speed and lower bandwidth. Businesses and governments have also started using the facilities to the internet. This requires a smooth user experience with no lags. The buffering duration of the content affects the interest of the users. This growing demand has been fueled by broadband and mobile internet connectivity across the nations. 

  • A surge of OTT platforms and online shopping

With as many OTT platforms available, the number of content consumers is also increasing due to their attractive subscription plans and advertisement. The OTT platforms are evolving from time to time with better digital infrastructure and interactive apps and websites. The CDN market is closely related to the proliferation of these platforms. Moreover, an increase in the number of smartphone users, huge investment in original content creation; cheap internet plans are also propelling the market growth. Likewise, expansion of online shopping and online payment gateways require an uninterrupted service, the CDN monitors data traffic and aids the process. Thus, factoring a growth in its market.


CDN has several pros, but a few cons may limit its market growth. The high-cost structure of using CDN services is a downside. There is also a question of privacy and data security because of the large number of users as it may lead to virus and cyber attacks. These factors question the authenticity of its services and challenge the market expansion. However, the pros outweigh the cons in most cases leading to new avenues of growth.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Content Delivery Network Market

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a restriction on physical activities which had negatively impacted the consumption, distribution, and production process of several markets. But the digital activities heaved high. Moreover, during the pandemic, the use of media and entertainment platforms requiring high-quality video content is swelling the demand for CDN solutions. The alarming rise in the usage of internet services during the pandemic has increased the network traffic which created enormous growth opportunities for the CDN market.

Competitive Insights

The market leaders for the Content Delivery Network Market are Akamai Technologies, CloudFlare, AT&T Inc., Limelight Networks, Amazon, CDN77, CDNetworks, Ericsson, Tata Communications, and Internap. The key players in the market implement growth strategies such as product launches, mergers, and acquisitions, etc. to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. For Instance,

  • Akamai Technologies has acquired  three firms namely Exceda, Asavie, and Inverse from 2019-2021
  • CloudFlare in 2020 purchased early-stage browser isolation vendor S2 Systems.
  • In 2021, Limelight Networks, Inc has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Moov Corporation, which does business as Layer0. The acquisition will combine the benefits of Limelight's edge network with Layer0's edge orchestration, application acceleration, and developer workflow capabilities to create a leading-edge solution while diversifying Limelight's client mix and services.
  • Amazon Web Service over 2019-2020 acquired three firms DataRow, TSO Logic, and CloudEndure.
  • Ericsson has made new expansion in their CDN services with Unified Delivery Network and CDN-to-edge Pivot in 2018 and 2019 and acquired Cradlepoint, the US-based Wireless Edge WAN 4G and 5G Enterprise solution provider in 2020
  • Panatone Finvest Limited has acquired Rs. 2.85 lakhs equity shares of Tata Communications in 2021. Panatone acquired a 10% stake from the President of India represented by and acting through the Ministry of Communications, Government of India. And will acquire a 43.3 percent stake in Tejas Networks, an optical, broadband, and data networking products company, for Rs 1,850 crore.

Content Delivery Network Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2019  US$11.473 billion
 Market size value in 2026  US$73.008 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 30.26% from 2019 to 2026
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Type, End Users, Applications, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  Akamai Technologies, CloudFlare, AT&T Inc., Limelight Networks, Amazon, CDN77,   CDNetworks, Ericsson, Tata Communications, Internap
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase


  • By Type
    • Video Content Delivery Network
    • Non-Video Content Delivery Network
  • By End Users
    • Small Enterprises
    • Medium Enterprises
    • Large Enterprises
  • By Applications
    • Internet Service Providers
    • Mobile operators
    • E-commerce
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canadá
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the size of the global content delivery network market?
A1. Content Delivery Network Market was valued at US$11.473 billion in 2019.

Q2. What will be the content delivery network market size by 2026?
A2. The content delivery network market is projected to reach a total market size of US$73.008 billion by 2026.

Q3. What are the growth prospects for the content delivery network market?
A3. The global content delivery network market is projected to witness a CAGR of 30.26% during the forecast period.

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the content delivery network market growth?
A4. The major factors driving the CDN market growth include the rising need for effective solutions to enable live and uninterrupted content delivery over a high-speed data network, increasing demand for enhanced Quality of Experience and Quality of Service, an explosion of video, and rich media websites.

Q5. Which region holds the maximum market share of the content delivery network market?
A5. Geographically, North America has the highest share in the CDN market owing to the growing number of users accessing the web content.

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights

4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Powers of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.4. The Threat of New Entrants
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5. Content Delivery Network Market Forecast by Type 
5.1. Video Content Delivery Network 
5.2. Non-Video Content Delivery Network 

6. Content Delivery Network Market Forecast by End Users 
6.1. Small Enterprises 
6.2. Medium Enterprises
6.3. Large Enterprises

7. Content Delivery Network Market Forecast by Applications 
7.1. Internet Service Providers 
7.2. Mobile operators 
7.3. E-commerce 
7.4. Media and Entertainment 
7.5. Others 

8. Content Delivery Network Market Forecast by Geography 
8.1. Introduction
8.2. North America
8.2.1. United States
8.2.2. Canada
8.2.3. Mexico
8.3. South America
8.3.1. Brazil
8.3.2. Argentina
8.3.3. Others
8.4. Europe
8.4.1. Germany
8.4.2. France
8.4.3. United Kingdom 
8.4.4. Spain 
8.4.5. Others
8.5. Middle East and Africa
8.5.1. Saudi Arabia
8.5.2. UAE
8.5.3. Israel
8.5.4. Others
8.6. Asia Pacific
8.6.1. China
8.6.2. India
8.6.3. South Korea
8.6.4. Taiwan
8.6.5. Thailand
8.6.6. Indonesia 
8.6.7. Japan
8.6.8. Others

9. Competitive Environment and Analysis
9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative
9.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations
9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

10. Company Profiles
10.1. Akamai Technologies
10.2. CloudFlare
10.3. AT&T Inc. 
10.4. Limelight Networks
10.5. Amazon 
10.6. CDN77
10.7. CDNetworks
10.8. Ericsson 
10.9. Tata Communications
10.10. Internap

Akamai Technologies


AT&T Inc. 

Limelight Networks





Tata Communications



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