London, United Kingdom, 22 November, 2004 - Akamai Technologies Limited, a subsidiary of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader of distributed computing solutions and services, today announced that Premium TV, the end-to-end digital media business supplying broadband, 3G, commercial and subscription products and services to the global sports and media industries, (www.premiumtv.co.uk), is utilising Akamai’s industry-leading EdgePlatformSM and EdgeSuite content delivery service for the reliable and high-performance delivery of audio and broadband video football commentary, interviews, and highlights across Premium TV’s network of official football club websites.
Premium TV partners with 83 UK football clubs across all top flight English and Scottish leagues and has the largest share of the UK online sports audience with a loyal fan base of more than 3.1 million monthly unique users and 1.8 million registered users, who generate more than 45 million page impressions every month.
“Following the highly successful roll-out of Premium TV’s ‘World’ interactive digital channel, which allows fans to subscribe to receive all the latest video, audio and text information about their favourite football clubs, we realized we needed to significantly build out the size and scale of our infrastructure to provide a flawless online experience for users,” commented Paul Court, Head of Infrastructure, Premium TV.
To avoid costly infrastructure build out and maintenance, Premium TV deployed the Akamai EdgeSuite service due to its robust, globally distributed computing model. EdgeSuite was utilised for this year’s pre-season fixtures announcements – an annual event that drives vast volumes of traffic to the Premium TV site. With Akamai, fans visiting www.premiumtv.co.uk and the 83 official football club sites within its network now experience much faster connections and better overall site performance as content is being distributed closer to each individual user via Akamai’s worldwide platform. Akamai’s services proved invaluable during Premium TV’s pre-season fixtures announcements, helping Premium TV support 38 million hits during a twenty-four hour period.
Court added, “We wouldn’t be able to deliver the high level of service that we do without the help of Akamai, who has become a critical technology provider to Premium TV. As our online community of fans expands beyond Europe, Akamai’s global reach is vital to our ability to serve fans in other territories, such as China.”
Carlos Ramon, Vice President of Sales and General Manager, International at Akamai, said: “Akamai is rapidly growing its foothold in Europe, and with that in mind, we are delighted to be working with such a well recognised and fast-paced brand as Premium TV. Akamai's EdgePlatform and EdgeSuite service ensure optimum quality and an uninterrupted user experience -- benefits that are paramount to any company utilising the Web to increase their client base and expand their revenue-producing opportunities.”
About Premium TV
Premium TV is the pioneering end-to-end digital media business supplying broadband, 3G, commercial and subscription products and services to the global sports industry and Europe’s leading media companies, including MTV, NTL, Canal + Nordic, Ernst & Young, Haymarket Publishing (FourFourTwo magazine) and Coors Brewers. Premium TV provides sports federations, their sponsors, brand and media owners a cost effective, low risk route to exploit digital rights and content across both broadband and 3G platforms, while enabling rights holders to control their assets with minimal cost and resource that maximise revenues from digital content. In the UK Premium TV is the market-leading digital sports publisher exploiting the rights to 83 UK football clubs through joint ventures and partnerships. This network has 3.1 million unique users, 1.8 million registered users and more than 135,000 paying subscribers. Premium TV provides technology that delivers broadband, audio and text content
to fans, plus the latest mobile products and services. All clubs receive centralized commercial services that generate millions of dollars through subscription, broadband, mobile, e-commerce, betting, advertising and sponsorship revenues.
Akamai® is the global leader of distributed computing solutions and services, making the Internet predictable, scalable, and secure for conducting profitable e-business. The Akamai on demand platform enables customers to easily extend their Web operations - with full control - anywhere, anytime, without the cost of building out infrastructure. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Akamai serves hundreds of today's most successful enterprises and government agencies around the globe. Akamai is The Business Internet. For more information, visit www.akamai.com.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai Technologies, Inc.'s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by unauthorized users or others, failure to have available sufficient transmission capacity, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
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Akamai Technologies, Inc.
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