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… Akamai Media Delivery Solution ensures fast and successful downloads of its media to its 35,000 global alumni users…

London, UK– 11 March 2009 - Akamai Technologies Limited, a subsidiary of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced that the London Business School (LBS) has adopted Akamai’s Stream OS solution to simplify the management of its expanding digital media library and Akamai’s Media Delivery solution to ensure the highest quality download experience of its extensive media library to the School’s 35,000 global alumni.

The School’s alumni Portal houses a vast media library, including content relating to the school programme, subjects, school events and course-related images, materials from faculty lectures, guest speakers and major events that take place during the academic year. With the increased demand from users for videos downloads, in addition to portal users accessing content via an ever broadening array of devices, the School needed to better manage its downloadable rich media content and ensure a consistently high-standard of delivery to global users.

“Over the last few years, we have seen a significant increase in mobile portal users who need to access the media library from wherever their business has taken them,” explained Russell Altendorff, Director ISD at the London Business School. “Added to this has been our expanding business into Dubai and Hong Kong and the fact that Internet users have become increasingly discerning and demand a far higher quality of delivery than previous years.”

A live, comparative trial of four network providers in 2008 saw Akamai out-perform the competition by playing 100% of the surveyed videos and surpassing the other companies in the trial in terms of picture and sound quality, receiving the highest ratings for both. In comparison, the tests revealed some surprising results with all of the other suppliers failing to deliver at least one of the test streams.

Stream OS is an enterprise solution that simplifies rich media management and offers flexible tools to control content and enforce business policies. It will help LBS transition it’s extensive library of media assets, which it holds in multiple formats, from the hosting provider and simplify the future management of those assets. Together with Akamai’s Media Delivery solution, LBS can deliver a flawless media experience to its worldwide audience by leveraging Akamai’s global platform of 40,000 servers. The solution ensures that LBS can easily handle peak traffic conditions and large file sizes, and allows the School to bypass traditional server and bandwidth limitations without requiring additional infrastructure.

“With Akamai, we can be assured that the content from our media library is being made accessible by the best content delivery platform in the world,” concluded Altendorff.

Malcolm Rowe, Regional Manager of Northern Europe at Akamai, said, “Hundreds of enterprises worldwide use the Akamai global platform to sell, inform, entertain, market, advertise, deliver software and conduct their business online. London Business School has been consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world and this year it is ranked No1. We are very pleased to be able to help such an esteemed academic establishment maintain its well-deserved and long-standing reputation by enabling the School to better manage its ever-expanding media library, and ensuring that its users have seamless access to the School’s programme-critical resources wherever in the world they are located.”

About London Business School

London Business School's purpose is to deliver insights and leaders that have impact. The School, whose faculty is compiled from over 30 countries, is ranked number one in the world for both full-time and executive MBA programmes*. In research, the School is ranked within the global top ten* and holds the highest average research score of any UK academic institution**.With a presence in four international cities – London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai – the School is well positioned to equip students from more than 130 countries with the capabilities needed to operate in today’s business environment. Students further benefit from our 28,000 alumni who provide a wealth of knowledge, business experience and worldwide networking opportunities.

The School awards 1000 degrees every year, across MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Finance, Sloan Fellow and PhD programmes and has most recently added Masters in Management to its portfolio. The Executive Education team offers a portfolio of over 30 open programmes as well as custom-designed programmes developed to meet the specific needs of individuals and their organisation. Annually, over 8000 participants attend executive programmes which are led by many of the world’s leading business thinkers. For more information visit: www.london.edu

* Financial Times MBA rankings Jan 2009 / Financial Times EMBA rankings Oct 2008
** Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

The Akamai Difference

Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering rich media, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.

For further information please contact:

Gillie Tennant
Ascendant Communications
Tel: 07795 034068
E-mail: gtennant@ascendcomms.net

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