Jeetendra Karki (ITS 380)

Chapter 3

E-commerce Infrastructure: The Internet,

Web, and Mobile Platform


Case Study- Akamai

Technologies 3 questions on p181 and any 2 questions

from Projects on p183


1.Why does Akamai need to geographically disperse its servers to deliver its customersí web content?

Ans: The Akamai need to Geographically disperse its servers to deliver its customerís web content because it stops delays of web content to reach the customers. Akamai geographically distribution is the best way to minimize the traffic to process the distribution in uninterrupted speed. With servers in different places, they have stored contents in different location, this means the dispersion content is faster and safer as the size of the data and sorting size is smaller. 


2.If you wanted to deliver software content over the internet, would you sign up for Akamaiís service? Why or Why not?

Ans: Akamai is first a content delivery network and cloud service provider which has locations all over the world. 

I would sign up for Akamai's service because they are reliable and faster. Even companies like Audi, Apple, Best Buy, Ikea, NBA, NBC, UBISOFT, U.S. ARMY uses Akamaiís service. This is a clear answer as to why they are one of the best services out there in the marker.


3.Do you think internet users should be charged based on the amount of band-width they consume, or on a tiered plan where users should pay in rough proportion to their usage?

Ans: I donít think that user should be charged for band-width they consume or even a rough proportion of their usage. The reason for this is:

1.      Data is required for devices to stay updated and that means it can consume tons of gigs of data in a short period of time. 

2.      Data if it is per bandwidth consumption then it will be expensive at current rate which wonít be affordable and, in the end, wonít help in social or educational sector as it will be expensive.  

3.      It is already unfair how expensive data has become for Cell phones =, they charge anywhere from 45-70 $ for unlimitedÖ This is super expensive as it is just a phone connection. 

Moreover, it is fair to charge for what speed connection do you want. The higher the internet speed the higher the price goes up. I think that is a fair play for everyone, but data bandwidth consumption charge is unfair and still practiced throughout the world and needs change.



Q.2. Call or visit the websites of a cable provider, a DSL provider, and a satellite provider to obtain information on their Internet services, prepare a brief report summarizing the features, benefits, and cost of each. Which is the fastest? What, if any, are the downsides of selecting any of the three for Internet services (such as additional equipment purchases)?

Ans:    Cable provider = Direct TV- AT&T: Link

††††††††††† DSL provider = Spectrum: Link

††††††††††† Satellite provider = Dish: Link


Cable provider = Direct TV- AT&T

Features and benefits: You can watch tv your way; from couch to coffee shop, from bus station to car. All over the area. Tv can be shared in upto 5 TVís in a house and can be recorded simultaneously. You can download the shows in app on your phone or tablet and view it.  

Cost: Cost is $49.99 for the first year and then after that it is $54.99 to $69.99 with channel ranging from 160+ to 235+ channels respectively. 

Speed: The speed ranges from 50 to 1000 Mbps.


 DSL provider = Spectrum:

Features & Benefits: Stream video, play online games, download music, upload photos and more across multiple devices in your home without sacrificing performance, all with Spectrum Internet. 

Cost: $44.99 per month for the first 12 month after that it is $54.99 after 1st year.


Speed: 60-940 mbps


Satellite provider = Dish:

Features & Benefits: Better Picture quality, better sound quality, better choice of channels, better organization and management of entertainment, on demand games, shows and movies.  Satellite Dish internet. High Speed internet service no matter where you ho. Both cable and fire are present for internet.  

Cost:  Just the Tv channel will cost $59.99 and the package with the internet is $89.99 which saves you 6-12 dollars a month. Just the internet package starts from $19.99 to $59.99.

Speed: 10 mbps onwards.



††††††††††† Additional Equipment purchases: All the connection among the devices requires purchases of routers, modem and satellite disk depending upon service you choose. 

††††††††††† Cost increment occurs usually after a year in service with the service. 


Q.4.  Investigate the Internet of Things. Select one example and describe what it is and how it works?

Ans:  The Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Examples of objects that can fall into the scope of Internet of Things include connected security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, lights in household and commercial environments, alarm clocks, speaker systems, vending machines and more.

It works simply by connecting to the network in the house or enabling itís own network to connect to a handheld device like cell phones or tablets. After that the things can communicate without physical touch, it can be controlled by voice or by cellphone.