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KPNQwest Inks Delivery Agreements

KPNQwest Thursday penned agreements with Akamai Technologies Inc. and Inktomi Corp. to bring added functionality for content distribution and streaming media to its pan-European IP network.

KPNQwest is a pan-European Internet data communications company that delivers over a 12,500-mile fiber-optic network connecting 50 cities throughout Europe. Akamai Technologies Inc. is a provider of services for the delivery of Internet content, streaming media and applications; Inktomi Corp. is a developer of scalable Internet infrastructure software.

As part of the strategic agreements, KPNQwest will add access to Akamai's content delivery capabilities as part of its portfolio of value-added Internet services. The service is aimed at customers requiring access to content beyond the reach of KPNQwest's European footprint.

Further, KPNQwest will incorporate Inktomi network products into its facilities-based network as the core enabling technology for efficiently managing, tracking and distributing content and high-quality streaming media services.

The integrated solutions aim to provide KPNQwest's customers with improved access and delivery of content and applications, a higher quality Internet experience and the ability to provide accurate and up-to-date information on Web site usage.

KPNQwest has plans to build the largest CDN-enabled pan-European IP network, in which Inktomi Traffic Server, Content Delivery Suite and Inktomi Traffic Server Media-IXT will be implemented as core CDN infrastructure technology.

The Inktomi platform will be deployed across KPNQwest's pan-European backbone consisting of 18 mega-cybercenters built on top of KPNQwest's network.

"Through the partnerships, KPNQwest will now be able to ensure significantly faster, more reliable and higher performance end-user experiences," said Julf Helsingius, chief technology officer of KPNQwest.

"This is another sign of the Internet's incredible growth in Europe," noted Wolfgang Staehle, president, Akamai Europe. "Our highly successful program in the U.S. for enhancing Web performance is quickly translating to Europe and across the globe."

Thursday's announcements highlight the significant role content distribution service providers will play in Europe, added David Peterschmidt, Inktomi's president and chief executive officer.

"Our caching and content distribution technologies, combined with KPNQwest's extensive network assets and management expertise, will bring a new level of content and application services to the marketplace," he said.