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world’s most popular web sites

London 10th July 2000 - The official EURO 2000 web site
has, as predicted, become one of the world’s most popular web sites with
over 1 billion hits. This figure was achieved between the opening day of the
tournament on Saturday 10 June and Monday 3 July according to PSINet
(Nasdaq: PSIX), Official Internet Solutions Provider for EURO 2000.

The daily record for the site was established on Monday 12 June when Germany
played Romania and England took on Portugal receiving over 74 million hits.
The number of hits topped the 60 million mark on three other days during the
group phase, when all 16 finalists were still involved in the competition,
with the figures evening off as teams were eliminated. Curiously, the lowest
figure of 18.7 million hits was recorded on the day before the final.

"Since the start of the tournament the site attracted unprecedented levels
of traffic for a sporting event", said Angela Mathis, European Vice
President, Sales & Marketing at PSINet. "We are extremely pleased to have
been involved in the success of what has been a ground-breaking sports web

Fans from across the world logged on to the site in their millions to keep
up to date with news and results from the tournament registering 100 million
page impressions during the event. From its launch on 29 March, registered 1.41 billion hits and 128.8 million page
impressions in a lifespan of just over three months.

The site featured over 3,000 pages in each of the six languages with English
proving the most popular with 74% of all the site’s hits, compared with 8.1%
for German and 7.8% for French. The most accessed sections proved to be the
home page, the photo gallery, team information and player information with
the most popular time for accessing between 4 and 5pm

Marc Joerg, UEFA’s Marketing Manager said, "This level of traffic shows the
popularity of the site amongst football fans and we believe that the
Internet partners, PSINet and Sportal, have done a fantastic job to make the
site a runaway success.."

To cope with this phenomenal demand PSINet, the Internet Super Carrier, has
used its experience, infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology to
ensure that fans throughout the world have been able keep up to date with
EURO 2000, both in the run-up to and during the tournament.

PSINet provided connectivity, hosting and security facilities to maximise
the global success of the EURO 2000 web site, made possible through PSINet’
s fully owned, managed and operated global infrastructure, hosting
facilities and the highest levels of security that uniquely stores and
protects the content of the site. Sportal helped UEFA to design and produce
the site’s contents providing fans with all the information they need as
well as up-to-the-minute reports from all the tournament’s matches.

The EURO 2000 web site was hosted in 10 locations, spanning 9 countries
worldwide and traffic was load balanced so that each user went to the
closest and fastest location. PSINet also used its high bandwidth,
state-of-the-art worldwide network for the hosting of the web site as it
operates a global Internet-optimised network, featuring layered switching
technology to provide a quality of service that no "router only" ISP can
provide. The company has more than one million miles of fibre optic cable
operating at speeds up to 9Gbps (9 billion bits per second), making its
infrastructure among the largest, most capable communications systems on

Notes to Editors:

Fast Facts on

Total number of hits - 1.41 billion

Total number of hits during tournament - 1.01 billion

Total number of page impressions - 128.8 million

Total number of page impressions during tournament - 100 million

Highest number of hits per day - 74 million (12 June, Germany v Romania &
England v Portugal)

Lowest number of hits per day - 18.7 million (1 July, day before final)

Average number of hits per day during tournament - 43.5 million

Most popular languages - English (74%), German (8.1%), French (7.8%), Spanish
(4.5%), Italian (4.1%), Dutch (1.5%)

Number of votes cast for team of the tournament - 350,000

Most popular time to access the site - 4-5pm (GMT)

Most accessed sections - home page, photo gallery, team information, player

Most active countries (top 15) - USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal,
France, Switzerland, UK, Australia, Italy, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia,
Finland, Hungary

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Jones / Julia Vockrodt, VP Ltd, 020 8964 0260. Email

Sarah Jarrold, PSINet UK, 01223 577 577. Email

About PSINet

Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, USA and with European Headquarters in
Geneva, Switzerland, PSINet is an Internet Super Carrier offering global
e-commerce infrastructure and a full suite of retail and wholesale Internet
services through wholly-owned PSINet subsidiaries. Services are provided on
PSINet-owned and operated fibre, satellite, Web hosting and switching
facilities providing direct access in more than 900 metropolitan areas in 28
countries on five continents. PSINet information can be obtained by e-mail
at, by accessing the Web site at

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