Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market is Segmented by Solution and Service (Media Delivery, Cloud Security, and Web Performance), End-user (Media and Entertainment, Advertising, E-Commerce, Healthcare, Business and Financial Services, Research and Education), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 27.30 %

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Market Overview

The content delivery network (CDN) market was valued at USD 11.76 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 49.61 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 27.30%, over the forecast period (2021-2026). Growing demand for rich video content, among the increasing online users, and the trend of digitization in organizations across the end-user verticals boost the overall CDN market demand.

  • According to Cisco’s visual networking index, IP video is projected to have 79% of the online traffic, by 2018. This suggests the growing trend of online video services. Online gaming is one of the major areas where CDN is gaining prominence. Gaming companies are increasingly investing in CDN to deliver high-quality content for ensuring a better user experience.
  • With an increase in usage of the internet and smart devices, an enormous amount of data is being generated on a daily basis, which needs to be smartly managed. Web-performance-optimization solutions are aimed at reducing latency. The success of these solutions will increase the demand from major retailers, and the media and entertainment industry.

Scope of the Report

A content delivery network (CDN) refers to a distributed group of servers, which provides quick delivery of internet content. CDN enables the transfer of different features required for loading internet content, such as HTML pages, javascript files, images, and videos. Moreover, CDN helps to handle large internet traffic by diverting the users to different servers, thereby load is distributed efficiently. It also helps to provide solutions and services to different end-user verticals.

By Solution and Service
Media Delivery
Cloud Security
Web Performance
By End-user
Media and Entertainment
Business and Financial Services
Research and Education
Other End-users
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Media Delivery is Expected to Have a Significant Market Share

  • The total world population using the internet stands at 56.3%, which is responsible for the growing online content. The advent of 4K/UHD televisions, high-definition content supporting smart gadgets, and improving connectivity are raising the expectations of the viewers for high-quality content. 
  • Many media organizations are making a transition toward digital distribution model. These transitions present a great market opportunity for CDN vendors. CDN vendors are increasingly focusing on the techniques for web performance optimization, to cater to the mobile and dynamic content requirements.
  • The amount of mobile traffic for media-related services accounted for about 45%, which is further expected to increase. The need for content to be mobile-compatible is expected to increase, owing to the expected growth of consumed data to about 4.5 GB per month, which is currently at 900 MB on average.
  • The data volume of CDN is increasing due to the advent of peer-to-peer technology (p2p), 5G, wearable devices, IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, and advancing technological innovation.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market Share

North America Holds the Largest Share in Content Delivery Network Market

  • North America has a high internet penetration rate, which is expected to aid the growth of content in the region. With the presence of the market leaders and early adoption of technologies across various end-user verticals, North America stood as the leading regional market and is expected to continue its dominance, over the forecast period.
  • The number of viewers for online gaming content has also been increasing consistently. The growth of gaming video content is further contributing to the growth of CDN around the world.
  • In the United States, the usage of Paytv has also been reducing. An increasing number of consumers have been identified to prefer online media content to Paytv. Off late, cord-cutting has been accelerating and about 22.2 million cord-cutting are expected to be done in the coming years, emphasizing the shift toward on-demand content.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The content delivery network is highly fragmented due to companies have benefits, such as improved accessibility to increase mobile content delivery, storage, and accessibility. With new technological innovations in the world, the scope of entering into CDN market is quite exciting. Some of the key players in the market are Amazon Web Services Inc., Akamai Technologies Inc., Google LLC., Verizon Digital Media Services (Oath Inc.), Limelight Networks Inc., Tata Communications. These players are constantly innovating and upgrading their product offerings to cater to the increasing market demand.

  • February 2019 - Amazon's cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) expanded its presence in India with two new Edge locations for its Amazon Cloud Front and AWS Direct Connect offerings in Hyderabad and New Delhi.
  • May 2018 - Akamai Technologies Inc. released the new Akamai Connector for Salesforce Commerce Cloud. Commerce Cloud enables brands to provide personalized experiences for shoppers that span web, mobile, social, and in-store. 
  • April 2018 - Edgemesh Inc. launched Edgemesh 2.0, the second generation adaptive, decentralized edge delivery system that facilitates content distribution and security, across the internet.


Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

      1. 4.5.1 Increasing Online Users, Per Capita Online Consumption, and Demand for High -quality Video Content Drives Growth

      2. 4.5.2 Growing Demand from Online Gaming Industries adding to Market Growth

    6. 4.6 Market Restraints

      1. 4.6.1 Larger Organisations Tending to Build their Own CDNs

      2. 4.6.2 Bandwidth Concerns Particularly in Developing and Undeveloped Economies


    1. 5.1 By Solution and Service

      1. 5.1.1 Media Delivery

      2. 5.1.2 Cloud Security

      3. 5.1.3 Web Performance

    2. 5.2 By End-user

      1. 5.2.1 Media and Entertainment

      2. 5.2.2 Advertising

      3. 5.2.3 E-Commerce

      4. 5.2.4 Healthcare

      5. 5.2.5 Business and Financial Services

      6. 5.2.6 Research and Education

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-users

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. South Korea

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Amazon Web Services Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Akamai Technologies Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Google LLC

      4. 6.1.4 Verizon Digital Media Services (Oath Inc.)

      5. 6.1.5 Limelight Networks Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 CDNetworks Co. Ltd.

      7. 6.1.7 Fastly Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 StackPath LLC

      9. 6.1.9 Edgemesh Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Tata Communications

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market is growing at a CAGR of 27.30% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Amazon Web Services Inc., Akamai Technologies Inc., Google LLC., Fastly Inc., Limelight Networks Inc. are the major companies operating in Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market.

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