Comparison of the Akamai and Level3 CDNs

In the tables below you can easily compare Akamai and Level3 for POP locations, pricing and features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these Content Delivery Networks.

POP locations Akamai Level3
POPs in North-America Not Available 27HelpAtlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Herndon, Houston, Miami, McLean, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Francisco, San Jose, Saint Louis, Seattle, Sunnyvale, Tampa, Tustin, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Toronto
POPs in Europe Not Available 21HelpAmsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham (UK), Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Leeds (UK), London, Madrid, Marseille (France), Milan, Paris, Sofia (Bulgaria), Stockholm, Vienna
POPs in Asia (not China) Not Available 4HelpHong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.
POPs in China Not Available 4HelpBeijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, ZhanJiang
POPs in Australia Not Available 1HelpSydney.
POPs in South-America Not Available 5HelpMedellin (Colombia), Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile)
POPs in Middle-East Not Available 2HelpJeddah (Saudi Arabia), Doha (Qatar).
POPs in Africa Not Available 3HelpCape Town and Johannesburg (South Africa), Djibouti (Djibouti)

A POP is a Point Of Presence, an access point to the Internet. It is a physical, strategically placed location that houses multiple CDN servers.

Pricing Akamai Level3
Price US/EU traffic - low volume Not Available Not Available
Price US/EU traffic - high volume Not Available Not Available
Extra charge for APAC region traffic Not Available Not Available
Storage Not available Not available
Resellers TurboBytes

Note: custom price plans are very common in the CDN market, especially for large volume customers. We recommend you always talk to the CDN provider about your needs and requirements and work with them to get a best-fit deal.

Features & Support Akamai Level3
Origin-Pull Yes Yes
Push (upload to CDN servers) Yes Yes
Purge Yes Yes
Purge All Yes Yes
Gzip Resend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpThe Last Mile Accelerator feature will compress content before delivery to the end user, and is intended to assist in cases where the origin server cannot compress the content before serving, for whatever reason. Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Persistent connections Yes Yes
Honors all origin server headers Yes Yes
Can override origin server headers Yes Yes
Set caching headers for pushed files Yes Yes
Custom CNAMEs Yes Yes
Control Panel & statistics Yes Yes
Access Logs Yes Yes
API Yes Yes
Support Yes Yes
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