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Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, announced today that its delivery platform served record demand last week for simultaneous video streaming, total content delivered, and simultaneous Internet requests. Spurred by overwhelming interest in online coverage of the NCAA Division I college basketball tournament last Thursday and Friday, the Akamai EdgePlatformTM demonstrated unprecedented service levels and capabilities.

Total traffic on the Akamai network last week peaked for the first time at a rate of more than 200 gigabits per second. On Thursday, Akamai served Web content for more than 102 billion Internet requests, with a peak rate of 2,311,821 requests per second — a rate roughly equivalent to serving content to the entire population of Chicago simultaneously.

"This is incredibly significant because it means we are witnessing the maturity of the Internet as the premiere medium for the consumption of time-sensitive content, including sports, news and music programming, delivered to broadband-connected users worldwide," said Paul Sagan, Akamai's President and CEO. "Akamai's broadly distributed on-demand capabilities are enabling the emergence of entire new online business models for information, entertainment, advertising and commerce."

For the first time, last Thursday Akamai served more than 400,000 simultaneous video streams in Microsoft's Windows Media Format. Akamai served similar demand again on Friday.

"The Internet is the new platform for record-setting media events and content delivery, and Akamai and Microsoft are together delivering the performance the market demands," said Kevin Unangst, director of Windows Digital Media at Microsoft Corporation. "The high quality, unmatched scalability, and broad reach of Windows Media, combined with Akamai's unparalleled capabilities, make it a world-class choice for the most demanding delivery scenarios."

Akamai's Net Usage Index for News ( also recorded new traffic peaks late last week. Akamai's index is the world's first and only daily Web traffic report with information on aggregate total visitors per minute to over 100 news portal sites.

The index indicated that at approximately 3:00 pm EST on Thursday, an all-time high of nearly 5.5 million visitors per minute were looking for news and information content online. The index registered more than 4.5 million visitors per minute being served at approximately 2:30 PM EST on Friday.

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