AltaVista Expands International Presence

AltaVista Company Friday launched AltaVista India.

The new site offers free Web-based e-mail services and advanced searching
functionality to help users find the information they need quickly and
easily.

Additionally, users of AltaVista India will have access to
AltaVista’s index of more than 350 million Web pages and its 30 million
audio, video and image multimedia documents.

The new site offers a vast index of available Indian Web sites available,
covering more than 1.25 million Web pages.

Officials said the site was launched to satisfy the ethnic community’s need for a
content-specific Web site as well as contribute to Alta Vista’s plans for
international growth.

“There are more than 250,000 unique users per month from India who were
already visiting altavista.com,” said Martin
Keogh, AltaVista’s director of international business development.

“AltaVista India will provide
that community with a resource to find information by using our technology
to access search results and a compelling reason to visit AltaVista,” he said.

The debut of AltaVista India marks the creation of the seventh
country-specific site in as many
months to offer local content and search services.

According to IDC estimates, there are more than 1 million Internet
users in
India. This figure is predicted to grow to 12 million by the end of 2003.

Further, more than $10 million currently is being spent annually on
e-commerce
in India; that figure is expected to grow to $1 billion by 2003.

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