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Inktomi Looks to European, Asian Markets

In a bid to further expand its international presence, Inktomi Corp. today announced it will provide its network caching software to Norway-based telco Telenor, and introduce the Inktomi Traffic Server into the Japanese market through a distribution agreement with Itochu Techno-Science Corp. (CTC).

Telenor, a leading Scandinavian telecommunications provider, plans to deploy Inktomi's Traffic Server caching product with its network backbone. The companies said they are presently ironing out a definitive licensing agreement.

Based on tests conducted over a five-week period, Inktomi said that Telenor expects the caching software to provide bandwidth savings equal to almost $1 million a year.

Telenor's Nextel division provides ISP services to 200,000 Internet dial-up and 3,000 corporate customers.

"As the Internet evolves, customers will demand more from their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in order to support new Internet applications and traffic. Leading ISPs will differentiate themselves by being able to provide these services reliably and economically," said Per Bjorck, technical director of Telenor Nextel. "Caching provides increased quality of service, lower costs, and more. We plan to deploy caching as the foundation for value-added services we can provide to our customers."

Under the CTC distribution agreement, the Japanese technology solution provider will distribute Inktomi's Traffic Server in the Japanese market through its various sales resources. Inktomi said CTC will undertake sales and service support for Traffic Server nationwide.

"Being selected by Telenor, a top-tier telecom provider with 200,000 Internet subscribers, as well as Japan's market-leading CTC, is strong validation for Inktomi's network caching platform," said Inktomi CEO David Peterschmidt. "The European and Asian markets are very important to Inktomi, and we believe that Traffic Server will provide much-needed bandwidth relief for Internet providers and corporations."

San Mateo, CA-based Inktomi also opened a European branch in March servicing local ISPs.