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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Impact of SPDY on mobile broadband ecosystem and value added services (VAS)

The growing rate of encryption, especially SPDY-encrypted Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) over mobile wireless networks, has both immediate and long-term impacts on the mobile broadband ecosystem and wireless technology architectures. As the rate of encryption grows, Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) are forced to rethink their service offerings and value proposition, how they manage capacity and customer experience and how value-added services will be impacted.

The term SPDY, pronounced “speedy”, was established and trademarked by Google and is not an acronym. It was developed as an open networking protocol for transporting web content. SPDY encapsulates multiple HTTP flows in a TLS header, with particular goals of reducing web page load latency and improving web security. SPDY achieves reduced latency through HTTP header compression, stream multiplexing, and request prioritization. As of July 2012, the group developing SPDY has stated publicly that it is working toward standardization (internet draft).

The first draft of HTTP 2.0 is using SPDY as the working base for its specification draft and editing. Implementations of SPDY exist in Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Amazon Silk and Internet Explorer and will be included in the Safari release accompanying Apple's OS X Yosemite.

This paper provides insights from 4G Americas about the Impact of SPDY on mobile  broadband ecosystem and value added services (VAS)

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