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S1E6: Planning for traffic peaks, the Internet ecosystem, and sustainability

In this episode, Mattias Fridström and Sabine Sitterli, VP Network Infrastructure at Akamai discuss how to prepare for traffic peaks next year in conjunction to events like the Olympics, the importance of an Internet ecosystem, achieving a better Internet experience, and sustainability in networking.


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Mattias Fridström
Mattias Fridström
There’s a certain kind of person who gets a little bit too excited about networks. Mattias is that guy. If he had a tattoo, it would be of a network. Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. He joined Telia in 1996 and has worked in a number of senior roles at Telia Carrier (now Arelion), most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he has been Arelion's Chief Evangelist. Mattias’ passion isn’t limited to networks: He has played golf professionally and competed on a high level in both football and floor hockey.
Sabine A. Sitterli
Sabine A. Sitterli
VP Network Infrastructure at Akamai

Sabine Sitterli is a veteran of Akamai joining the company from AT&T Global Network Services in 2000. In her capacity as Vice President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Network Infrastructure for Akamai, Sabine leads a large, distributed and culturally diverse team of employees with a blend of skills in planning, strategic negotiations and account management, design architecture, service delivery and operational support for network and data center capacity.


The EMEA Network Infrastructure group is responsible for Akamai’s network service provider and colocation relationships in the EMEA ecosystem, but also for building, optimising and maintaining the capacity necessary to support the growth, stability and performance of the Akamai Intelligent Platform in EMEA. On top of that, the team ensures ensures effective and efficient Infrastructure build-outs with the highest standard of service delivery and ongoing operational support for all Akamai servers on the Akamai Intelligent Platform in EMEA.

Starting from a few hundred servers in the year of 2000, the Akamai Platform in EMEA now consists of more than 80,000 servers, distributed in more than 80 countries. 

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