CH3 E-Commerce Infrastructure: The Internet, Web and Mobile Platform
1) Why does Akamai need to geographically disperse its servers to deliver its customersí web content?
In 2018, the study shows that 53% of mobile users leave a page if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Akamai needs to geographically disperse its servers to deliver the web content to speed up the loading of the web pages. Not only it is better for the pages, but also the distribution of different content in general.
2) If you wanted to deliver software content over the internet, would you sign up for Akamaiís service? Why or why not?
I believe using Akamai will be one of the best options for me to deliver software content. Since I am not a large company like Apple, Google or Netflix, I donít have the need to have in-house content delivery network. By using Akamai, I would save a lot of money and time instead of developing my own network. Akamai are constantly growing and updating their services and protection for their customers. They are also reliable since they have been in the business since 1998 and have big clients like Microsoft and Google. On the other hand, if I was as large as Amazon or Apple, my best option would be to invest into my own network to build in-house content delivery. In the long run this would save me a lot of money and it will allow me to have full control over my entire network.
3) Do you think internet users should be charged based on the amount of bandwidth they consume, or on a tiered plan where users would pay it rough proportion to their usage?
In my opinion, internet users should be charged based on a tiered plan. People and companies donít use same amount of internet every month, therefore it will only be fair to pay a fixed rate. Also, customers can decide what download speed they would like to have, for example a house might only use 100GB a month of downloads and will wishes to pay less than a company that transmits Terabytes of data and therefore will pay with respect to the proportion.
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Question 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 costs of each. Which is the fastest? What, if any, are the downsides of selecting any of the three for Internet service (such as additional equipment purchases)?