Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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 Summary
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 27.30 %
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market Major Players

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Market Overview

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

  • A CDN is an online network of connected computers that distributes web content quickly to many users by copying or caching the content on various servers and sending it to consumers remotely. High availability and high-performance content delivery to end users are achieved through the use of CDN. Web objects (text, graphics, and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (eCommerce, portals), real-time streaming data, on-demand streaming media, and social networks all make use of CDNs nowadays.
  • Over-the-top (OTT) video consumption is quickly evolving due to continual digital infrastructure improvements and initiatives OTT platforms take to produce engaging content for customers at reasonable costs while providing significant value. Additionally, consumption is being boosted by the rising use of mobile devices, the appeal of big screens, and investments in creating original content. Demand for CDN solutions is rising as OTT and VoD consumers grow in number. According to Cisco’s visual networking index, IP video is projected to have 79% of the online traffic by 2024. This suggests the growing trend of online video services.
  • The popularity of online gaming is skyrocketing as new technologies like 4K, and Ultra HD become available, which drives the market. Gaming companies are increasingly investing in CDN to deliver high-quality content to ensure a better user experience. CDN provides gaming firms to provide essential files and patches to players to download quickly. Additionally, server crashes and download failures are also avoided. All of these features enhance the pre-gaming process. Furthermore, CDN offers scalability, allowing players to keep playing even if the game's download size increases due to its high-quality visuals and other capabilities.
  • With an increase in usage of the internet and smart devices, an enormous amount of data is being generated daily, 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.
  • Companies are facing challenges due to bandwidth and network allotment, particularly in rural areas. The company needs to attract enough clients to pay its annual running costs, which include debt payments, replacement capital on a regular basis, and operating expenses. Debt payments rank among the most difficult expenses to cover in rural areas. However, in recent years, a significant growth has been observed in rural areas due to rising rural networks from 60% to over 90%. Considering penetration rates that vary widely because of demographics (incomes, ages, and the proportion of seasonal residents) and the amount of grant support companies are targeting developing and underdeveloped regions.
  • COVID-19 has had a direct impact on the market since the vendors of content delivery networks rely on several economic elements for their revenue, including vibrant financial markets, the movement of liquidity, and financing from financial institutions. Despite these obstacles, the CDN market is anticipated to expand steadily throughout the forecast period due to the rising data exchange rates on the internet and the ongoing deployment of high-speed networks.

Scope of the Report

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are built on top of the public internet to accelerate website performance, leverage high-layer network intelligence, and efficiently manage data delivery. CDN providers are the organizations that are devoted to hosting the content of the third-party content providers on their servers. 

The scope of the study focuses on the market analysis of content delivery networks sold worldwide, and market sizing encompasses the revenue generated through plastic packaging sold by various market players. The study also tracks the key market parameters, underlying growth influencers, and major vendors operating in the industry, which supports the market estimations and growth rates over the forecast period. The study further analyzes the overall impact of COVID-19 on the ecosystem. The report's scope encompasses market sizing and forecast for segmentation by solution and service, end user, and geography.

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 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 raise viewers' expectations for high-quality content.
  • Many media organizations are making a transition toward a digital distribution model. This distribution model avoids buffering and stream crashes by putting copies of media files close to viewers. This caching functionality makes a significant difference, even for live broadcasts. Additionally, it reduces the load on the origin server resulting in a more reliable experience. These transitions present a great market opportunity for CDN vendors.
  • CDN vendors are increasingly focusing on techniques for web performance optimization to cater to mobile and dynamic content requirements. For instance, in April 2022, Google launched Media CDN to compete in web and API acceleration content delivery.
  • According to the Global Internet Phenomena Report, streaming video accounted for 53.7% of internet bandwidth traffic, up by 4.8% from a year ago. Companies that sell access to content delivery networks (CDNs), which are collections of servers made to accelerate the transmission of web material, gained greatly. 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.
  • Mobile traffic for media-related services accounted for about 45%, which is 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 1.5 GB on average. Media CDN is built with AI/ML, giving viewers more control over how they see, experience, and interact with content. For example, sports fans watching a game can obtain real-time stats and analytics, viewers can purchase items from virtual billboards, etc.
Amount spent on Content of Video Streaming Services, in USD Billion, 2021

North America Holds the Largest Share in Content Delivery Network Market

  • North America has a high internet penetration rate, which is anticipated to support content expansion. North America held the leading regional market position and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the projection period due to the presence of market leaders and early adoption of technologies across various end-user verticals.
  • The growing demand for enhanced video content and latency-free online gaming, falling data costs, increasing accessibility and affordability of mobile & broadband networks, and increasing adoption of cutting-edge technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are all contributing to North America's digitalization trend further aiding the regional expansion of CDN. As per the study conducted by ESA in 2021, there will be more than 227 million video game players across the United States.
  • According to Omdia TV and Online Video Intelligence Service, North America accounted for 52 percent of total CDN revenue. Much of this would be fueled by the region's robust economic growth and ongoing IT and telecom industry expansion. The development and investment in CDNs would be driven by additional factors such as the move toward digital transformation, an increase in cloud deployment, and technological developments.
  • Pay TV consumption has decreased in the United States as well. More consumers have been found to favor online media content over pay television. Recently, cord-cutting has been growing, and in the upcoming years, 22.2 million cord-cutters are anticipated, emphasizing the trend toward on-demand entertainment.
  • Phishing and DDoS attacks are majorly faced in this market. For example, according to RCDevs estimates, fraud-related cyberattacks contribute for an average of 43% of occurrences, 34% of data breaches, and 23% of interruptions in the finance industry. In response, numerous American banks proposed purchasing CDN services to reduce suspicious web traffic and stop illegal actors.
  • Additionally, some of the region's well-known e-commerce businesses quickly implement CDN solutions to increase network traffic and reduce latency which also helped regional market to maintain the prominent share. By providing the clients the necessary content, the application of these solutions plays a significant part in distributing digital content to end users.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market - Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2027)

Competitive Landscape

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

In August 2022, Amazon's cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS), expanded its presence in Vietnam with two new Edge locations for its Amazon Cloud Front and AWS Direct Connect offerings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In March 2022, Akamai Technologies completed the acquisition of Linode to give companies a massively distributed platform that is friendly to developers for building, running, and securing applications.

Major Players

  1. Amazon Web Services Inc.

  2. Akamai Technologies Inc.

  3. Google LLC.

  4. Fastly Inc.

  5. Limelight Networks Inc (Edgio)

Content Delivery Network (CDN) Market Concentration

Recent Development

  • March 2022 - Fastly, Inc., the world’s fastest edge cloud network and content provider acquired Fanout, a platform that makes it simple to build and scale real-time and streaming APIs for live chat support, e-commerce, video streaming, gaming, collaborative editing, and more. The acquisition aligns with Fastly's larger growth plan, which entails identifying and utilizing personnel and technologies that improve client performance, security, and innovation.
  • March 2022 - Limilight Networks Inc, a leading provider of edge-enabled web applications and content delivery solutions, acquired Yahoo’s Edgecast, Inc., a leading provider of edge security, content delivery, and video services, in an all-stock transaction. This acquisition strengthens the platform and increases scale to deliver better performance, productivity, and protection for blue-chip customers through edge computing solutions.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumption and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 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 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Increasing Online Users, Per Capita Online Consumption, and Demand for High -quality Video Content Drives Growth

      2. 4.4.2 Growing Demand from Online Gaming Industries adding to Market Growth

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 Larger Organisations Tending to Build their Own CDNs

      2. 4.5.2 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 2020 - 2027.

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 2021.

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

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