GVR Report cover Content Delivery Network Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Content Delivery Network Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Service (Standard CDN, Video CDN), By Solutions (Media Delivery, Cloud Security), By Service Provider, By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-543-4
  • Number of Pages: 150
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Technology

Content Delivery Network Market Trends

The global content delivery network market size was valued at USD 18.18 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6% from 2023 to 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic directly affected the market as the content delivery network (CDN) vendors rely on several economic factors, such as vibrant financial markets, the flow of liquidity, and capital from financial institutes, for their revenue. Despite these factors, the CDN market is expected to witness steady growth over the forecast period due to the increasing volumes of data being exchanged on the Internet in line with the continuous rollout of high-speed networks.

U.S. content delivery network Market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Numerous organizations globally are not renewing their on-premise CDN service subscriptions as they have shifted to working remotely due to the pandemic. Content delivery network solutions are extensively used in the media and entertainment industry to boost audio and video content delivery. The continuous evolvement of content consumption and the need for high-quality and original content has catered to the need for efficient CDN solutions that can improve network performance and enhance content delivery. The growing demand for Over the Top (OTT) and Video-on-Demand (VOD) services will ensure continuous content delivery over a high-speed data network and is expected to boost the growth of the market over the forecast period.

The global e-commerce industry is continuously evolving in line with the evolving consumer behavior. CDN solutions are effectively deployed in e-commerce industries to ensure that the industries operate efficiently at full capacity and that customers have access to all the necessary data to make an informed buying choice. Customers are shifting from traditional television to video content delivery over a cellular network, as CDN solutions are also being deployed in that domain to improve content delivery. Simultaneously, the application of digital solutions based on IoT networks and artificial intelligence across various industries is intriguing market players to develop and promote customized industry-specific CDN solutions.

The growing adoption of OTT and VOD services involves broadcasters offering latency-free data over the network and enhancing the quality of video delivery. The continuous investments in network infrastructure worldwide, especially in emerging economies such as India, have improved the overall network connectivity, bandwidth, and coverage. These developments have been instrumental in ensuring consumers stay connected, get instant updates, and retrieve readymade media data. This is a driving factor for broadcasters to enhance content delivery while delivering diversified data for consumption across several applications.

Additionally, digital marketing preferences and online gaming are growing considerably, particularly in countries, such as India and China. The advancements in technology coupled with the smart city initiatives and impending rollout of 5G networks are also key driving factors for the growth opportunities for the content delivery network (CDN) market. At this juncture, major platform providers and companies are increasingly pursuing vertical and horizontal integration initiatives to withstand the intense competition. Further, organizations that are commonly known for offering technology solutions are shifting toward content market space.

Service Insights

The video CDN segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 64.7% in 2022. The surging popularity of online video streaming services and platforms has led to an exponential increase in video content consumption. With viewers demanding high-quality, buffer-free streaming experiences, traditional CDN infrastructures may struggle to keep up. Video CDNs, specifically optimized for delivering video content, offer faster and more efficient video distribution by leveraging global server networks, adaptive bitrate streaming, and video caching. As the demand for seamless video streaming continues to rise, businesses and content providers recognize the critical role video CDNs play in enhancing user satisfaction and retention, fueling the segment's expansion in the CDN market.

The standard CDN segment is expected to expand at a significant CAGR of 22.7% over the forecast period owing to the increasing adoption of high-speed data networks with better bandwidth. The standard CDN can be implemented to cache these assets throughout a set of geographically dispersed servers, reducing page load times, enhancing performance, controlling bandwidth consumption, and reducing infrastructure costs.

Solutions Insights

The web performance optimization segment accounted for the largest revenue share of around 39.7% in 2022 due to its increasing significance in the digital landscape. As online content and applications continue to increase, businesses and users alike demand faster, more responsive experiences. Web performance optimization solutions, which focus on enhancing website loading times, reducing latency, and optimizing content delivery, have become essential for businesses seeking to provide superior user experiences, driving substantial revenue growth in the market.

The media delivery segment is estimated to register the fastest CAGR of 24.3% over the forecast period. The increasing demand for smartphones and other smart and connected devices capable of supporting digital media is anticipated to drive the segment growth. In emerging economies, the continued roll-out of high-speed networks led the customers to access the data anywhere and anytime. The growing need for CDN solutions to ensure latency-free media delivery is expected to contribute to the market growth.

 The cloud security segment is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period due to the rising concerns over data security and privacy protection. Several organizations depend on telecommunications, cloud storage, and the related infrastructure for their operations, and protecting the systems and assets hosted over the cloud is turning out to be a priority in the modern world. There is an increasing focus on cloud security to essentially protect the infrastructure from hackers and secure the data stored over the cloud. All these factors are anticipated to contribute to the growth of the cloud security segment over the forecast period.

Service Provider Insights

The traditional commercial CDN segment held the largest revenue share of 50.0% in 2022. Multiple solutions offered by the service providers for network optimization, content acceleration, and media delivery are driving this growth. The rise in data consumption worldwide prompts CDN providers to introduce solutions for useful content and network delivery optimization. Several traditional CDN solutions are gradually turning out to be insufficient to address the challenges posed by the advent of the latest technologies. Another challenge faced by the CDN market is that mobile users are increasingly demanding content located farther from the origin servers, which is not optimized for their devices. These drawbacks are expected to limit the segment growth.

The peer to peer CDN segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 25.4% over the forecast period due to its innovative and cost-effective approach to content distribution. Peer-to-peer CDNs leverage the collective resources of users' devices to distribute and cache content, reducing the reliance on traditional data centers. This decentralized approach not only enhances content delivery speed and reliability but also significantly lowers operational costs for CDN providers. As a result, peer-to-peer CDNs have gained traction, driving substantial growth in this segment of the market.

The cloud CDN segment is expected to witness a significant CAGR over the forecast period. The increasing volumes of rich media file content, the proliferation of smart and connected devices, introduction of high-quality video content, and the growing availability of rich media over social media sites are the driving factors for the growth of the market. Furthermore, the growing preference for mobile apps and the rising popularity of online shopping and e-commerce are the other significant factors expected to drive the growth of the cloud CDN segment during the forecast period.

End-use Insights

The media and entertainment segment held the largest revenue share of 40.6% in 2022 and is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 24.3% over the forecast period. The media and entertainment industry is transitioning toward a digital distribution model and witnessing significant growth in line with the growing demand for online streaming and VOD services, which primarily calls for optimizing data and network delivery. CDN vendors are increasingly focusing on delivering high-quality visual capabilities with improved visibility without any interruption irrespective of the device to their customers.

Additionally, CDN solutions can reduce the delay and optimize the entire content delivery process. This can benefit the viewers through a high-quality experience, which is expected to emerge as a prime factor in augmenting revenues for media & entertainment enterprises.

Global content delivery network Market share and size, 2022

The gaming segment is expected to register at a significant CAGR of 22.3% over the forecast period. The growing demand for online gaming is driving the market growth. Gaming is emerging as one of the industries, there has been high growth in downloading speeds, and it is mandatory to ensure optimum experiences for end-users (gamers). Considering that most of the latest games are played in 4K resolution and sophisticated graphics tend to have large file sizes, they cannot be managed with slower internet speeds.

Additionally, longer waiting times for downloading games can discourage gamers and prevent gaming companies from reaching a larger audience. Hence, companies are investing in CDN to deliver high-quality content globally for CDN solutions to avoid any lag in performance.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted the largest revenue share of 34.0% in 2022 and is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 28.3% over the forecast period due to the rapid growth in emerging economies, such as India and China, and the region is also one of the fastest-growing consumer markets. Moreover, the growing population and number of viewers for online gaming content have resulted in an increased demand for technological advancements in networking infrastructure to fulfill the needs for online media consumption. Several initiatives have been taken by the regional governments, such as Digital India, which have enabled fast and secure management of data delivery, owing to which the usage of CDN solutions is expected to increase.

content delivery network Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

North America is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The region has a very high internet penetration, and the rising popularity of the 4K resolution display region is the key factor supporting the regional market growth. These provide a robust CDN infrastructure for the efficient delivery of data. Moreover, the rapid adoption of cloud-based services, the introduction of high-speed data networks, and the increasing demand for smartphones are expected to impact the regional market growth directly. A surge in leisure spending is also a major factor contributing to the adoption of CDN solutions in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The key companies are undertaking several initiatives to expand their geographical reach and strengthen their foothold in the global market. Such initiatives include investments in R&D activities, mergers and acquisitions, new product launches, strategic collaborations & partnerships, and upgrades to existing solutions. For instance, in December 2021, Limelight Networks, Inc., a leading provider of CDN services, announced the availability of GraphQL functionality for its Layer0 by Limelight web application CDN. This new functionality enhances Limelight’s presence in the web application CDN market, especially for web builders.

Key Content Delivery Network Companies:

  • Akamai Technologies, Inc.
  • Alibaba Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services, Inc.
  • CacheNetworks, LLC.
  • CDNsun s.r.o.
  • Cloudflare, Inc.
  • Edgio, Inc.
  • Fastly.
  • G-Core Labs S.A.
  • Google LLC
  • Imperva
  • Lumen Technologies
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • proinity LLC (KeyCDN)
  • Tencent Cloud

Recent Developments

  • In June 2023, Cloudflare, Inc. partnered with Databricks, a leading data and AI company. This partnership aims to empower organizations by providing a secure, user-friendly, and cost-effective solutions for sharing and collaborating on live data. Through the combined capabilities of Cloudflare and Databricks, mutual customers are expected to gain the ability to overcome the challenges of complexity and fluctuating costs that often hinder the full realization of multi-cloud analytics and AI initiatives.

  • In February 2023, Akamai Technologies, Inc., a cloud company driving and safeguarding online experiences, introduced Akamai Connected Cloud. This cutting-edge platform offers a highly distributed edge and cloud infrastructure, serving as a robust foundation for cloud computing, content delivery, and security services. With this innovative offering, Akamai continues to reinforce its commitment to optimizing online services and fortifying digital experiences for businesses and users alike.

  • In September 2022, Bharti Airtel introduced Edge CD as part of its Edge Cloud Portfolio. To bring this CDN service to fruition, the telecom giant forged a partnership with Qwilt, a prominent CD enabler. With Edge CD, Bharti Airtel aims to optimize content delivery, ensuring faster and more efficient distribution of web applications, videos, and other content to its customers.

  • In June 2022, Limelight Networks Inc. (Edgio, Inc.), a leading provider of edge-enabled web applications and content delivery solutions, completed the acquisition of Edgecast Inc., an industry-leading provider of edge security, content delivery, and video services under Yahoo. By joining forces, the two companies reinforced their platform and enhanced their capabilities to deliver superior performance, productivity, and protection to their blue-chip customers through innovative edge computing solutions.

  • In April 2022, Disney partnered with Lumen Technologies to establish a unified standard for CD configuration metadata and application programming interfaces (APIs) within the streaming video industry. This partnership aims to create a standardized framework that will streamline content delivery processes and enhance interoperability across various streaming platforms.

  • In October 2020, Amazon CloudFront introduced Origin Shield, a new offering that aims to enhance caching efficiency and reduce the load on the origin servers. With Origin Shield, a centralized caching layer is implemented to improve the cache hit ratio, resulting in a reduced number of requests sent to the origin. This optimization leads to decreased load on the origin servers, ultimately improving performance and ensuring more efficient content delivery.

Content Delivery Network Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 21.67 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 95.37 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 23.6% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated

November 2023

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Service, solutions, service provider, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; UK; Germany; France; China; Japan; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; UAE

Key companies profiled

Akamai Technologies, Inc.; Alibaba Cloud; Amazon Web Services, Inc.; ARYAKA NETWORKS, INC.; CacheNetworks, LLC.; CDNsun s.r.o.; Cloudflare, Inc.; Edgio, Inc.; Fastly;G-Core Labs S.A.; Google LLC; Imperva; Lumen Technologies; Microsoft Corporation; proinity LLC (KeyCDN); Tencent Cloud

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Global Content Delivery Network Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global content delivery networkmarket report based on service, solutions, service provider, end-use, and region:

  • Service Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Standard CDN

    • Video CDN

  • Solutions Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Web Performance Optimization

    • Media Delivery

    • Cloud Security

  • Service Provider Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Traditional Advertising CDN

    • Cloud CDN

    • Peer to Peer CDN

    • Telecom CDN

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Advertising

    • E-commerce

    • Media & Entertainment

    • Gaming

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

      • UAE

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