The BTC product reduces web browsing traffic by compressing HTTP content not compressed by the web servers. In addition, it reduces the size of images by optimizing their content, while preserving their original pixel resolution. The result of these optimizations compresses the traffic by an average of 50%, which lowers the access network costs and extends the duration of customers’ data quotas. Web content must be unencrypted for the optimization to take place (web compression is not possible for HTTPS traffic).
The BTC can be especially interesting for MVNOs or other network providers who have to pay for their access network by volume (i.e., per GByte), where these traffic savings translate directly into profits.
The BTC works as a transparent proxy: no changes are needed in clients or servers. The BTC runs on the Bequant BQN platform, which can be deployed on off-the-shelf Intel-based servers, virtual machines (KVM or VMware vSphere hypervisors) or integrated into other network equipment blades. The BTC can also run alongside the Bequant BTA product, enabling TCP acceleration and compression simultaneously. In a typical deployment in a Network Service Provider, the BTC is deployed in-line in the operator’s data centers.