Welcome to Edge IP Binding

Here, we cover what Edge IP Binding (EIPB) is, how it works, and how it can apply to your configuration.

You can implement EIPB to accomplish the following:

  • Support zero-rated billing. Are you looking to offer specific traffic at no cost to end users, or prevent specific delivery from counting against a data cap? More on this below.
  • Identify content provider traffic based on the source IP. This helps when you can't perform deep packet inspection.
  • Provide a single or a limited number of source IP addresses. This would help if your infrastructure systems are too complex and need a single, or very limited number of source IPs.
  • Eliminate frequent updates to IP address ranges. This applies if your business support or operations support systems can't handle frequent updates.
  • Provide simplicity and scale. This can help remove the need for additional domains or additional IPs.

In addition to "EIPB," Edge IP Binding is also sometimes referred to as EIP or EIPBinding.

This is primarily intended for zero-rated billing environments

Zero-rated billing (ZRB) involves a third party, such as a mobile carrier that establishes a partnership with you to offer their traffic at no cost to your end users; or to prevent counting it against a data capacity threshold ("data cap"). Since identifying this type of traffic can be difficult, the solution is to provide you, as an Akamai customer, a quantity of fixed IP addresses that can be used exclusively for these purposes. This is what EIPB does.

Note: If your delivery scenario only includes non-ZRB traffic, avoid serving it through EIPB.