A few days ago, at the 2015 AT&T Developer Summit, held the day before CES, panellist and Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, said, “The architecture of the Internet will have to change.” And then it did.
Just a few minutes later, AT&T became the first U.S. carrier to launch commercial support for WebRTC. But the question remains as to where this will take the industry? With a major ISP now using a modified version of the API, is a WebRTC CDN the next step?
AT&T’s announcement was made in parallel with their statement that their Enhanced WebRTC API is set to enter Beta. One the the major benefits of this API, compared to the main WebRTC one, is that communications will no longer need to be exclusively between browsers. They will now also be able to occur between landlines and mobile numbers. Users will also be able to transfers calls between devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones. AT&T Mobility Chief Marketing Officer, David Christopher, says that it,
will allow developers to re-imagine phone and video calling experiences
Not only is AT&T adding support for WebRTC, but it is also making a big push into the Internet of Things (IoT) space. AT&T announced the release of its new M2X Data service, specifically to help developers working on IoT projects. As many speculators are clamouring about the potential WebRTC companies could have on the IoT revolution, AT&T will surely hope that its early adoption of the innovative technology will help it lead the way. As Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations, John Donovan says, AT&T is “building the network of the future with a software-centric approach” by offering, “bandwidth on demand.”
This is a big win for WebRTC. Branded as the future of networking and communications for the last few years, WebRTC has grown more mainstream recently, as more companies have been adopting the technology. With AT&T on-board, and an improved version of WebRTC released, this revolutionary technology shows no signs of slowing down. A major U.S. ISP integrating the API into their products is a huge step, but will we see the rise of a WebRTC CDN next?
At Peer5, we are building just that, a WebRTC CDN. Leveraging some of the newest Internet technologies, we can help content providers deliver information, without the bandwidth costs. To learn more about our WebRTC CDN, click here.