Over the recent past, aggressive pricing by companies like Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW), InterNAP Network Services (NASDAQ:INAP) and Level 3 (NASDAQ:LVLT) has pressured Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) to lower its own prices. As a result, Akamai’s stock price has taken a hit. Akamai has been able to withstand such pressure due to its strong position in value-added services, which account for more than 50% of its revenues. However, this business segment may now be under more competitive pressure.
Cotendo is reportedly raising additional capital with investors such as Juniper (NYSE:JNPR),  and is emphasizing value-added services that could challenge Akamai’s position in this market.  While the outcome of this heightened competition remains to be seen, growth in Akamai’s revenue per customer could take a serious hit if competition picks up like it has for content delivery prices.
Our price estimate for Akamai currently stands at $35.07, implying a premium to market price.
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