Akamai Content Distribution Infrastructure Adopted in PLAYSTATION®Network

Contacts:
 
Satoko Kosaki
Akamai Japan Marketing
03-5777-6800
info_akamai@akamai.co.jp
--or-- Jeff Young
Akamai Technologies, Inc
617-444-3913
jyoung@akamai.com


(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an English translation of the original Japanese version, prepared for the convenience of our non-Japanese-speaking readers. In the case of any discrepancy between the translation and the Japanese original, the latter shall prevail.)

TOKYO, JAPAN - December 19, 2006 - Akamai Japan K.K., a subsidiary of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced that Akamai's services are adopted as the content delivery platform by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) in its PLAYSTATION®Network, an online service for PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3TM).

Within the online game market, Akamai has been a leader in content distribution of downloadable PC software to end users on behalf of game software makers, such as NHN Japan Corporation.

In addition to providing cutting-edge delivery services to Japanese companies that offer online game content, such as SCE, Akamai's global platform is being leveraged in Japan to drive the commercial use of the Internet – in an era of rich content – by providing delivery services optimized to meet the particular needs of companies in a variety of fields including image-delivery services, financial services, food and beverage services, cosmetics, and multimedia.

Akamai's Digital Asset Solutions including Electronic Software Delivery and Akamai Media Delivery are among the world's leading online game software delivery services, providing dynamic mapping of the Internet by means of over 25,000 Akamai servers dispersed throughout the globe. Through the use of Akamai's distributed delivery services, unlike alternative offerings that rely on centralized data-center servers located domestically, it becomes possible to achieve greater reliability and scale by delivering added value to ubiquitous terminals, such as cell phones. Akamai’s dynamic content delivery capabilities also ensure high performance and reliability of dynamically-rendered, personalized Web content.

Izumi Kawanishi, Corporate Executive and CTO Software of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., offered the following comments: "Since SCE has started offering its online service called PLAYSTATION®Network that became available with the launch of PS3, our collaboration with Akamai has made it possible to deliver attractive entertainment content to PS3 users leveraging Akamai's high-performance content delivery infrastructure. We will vigorously promote PS3 along with PLAYSTATION®Network as the new computer entertainment platform."

Paul Sagan, President and CEO of Akamai, said: "Akamai is committed to helping enable the online business models for our customers in the gaming market by ensuring high performance delivery of content and applications to next generation devices. We are very excited about working with Sony Computer Entertainment on enabling PS3 users to obtain games, media, and other content via the Internet in their homes."

Akamai Japan (www.akamai.co.jp)
Akamai Japan K. K. was established on January 28, 2003 as a 100 percent subsidiary of Akamai Technologies, Inc., which itself was established in 1998. Akamai is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. Thousands of organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit www.akamai.com.

*PLAYSTATION is a registered trademark and PS3 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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