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- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today released data from its Akamai Net Usage Index for Retail chronicling real-time traffic to online shopping sites. Measuring the impact of "Cyber Monday," Akamai's unique index tracks visitors per minute to an aggregated group of more than 270 global e-commerce sites.

As of 2 p.m. ET today, North American traffic had reached 2,145,558 visitors per minute, a 19 percent increase over 2005's Cyber Monday peak for North America. At the same time, global traffic reached 3,530,914 visitors per minute, a 14 percent increase over the 2005 peak. With visitors per minute continuing to grow, Akamai is expecting even higher percentage increases over 2005 by day’s end.

Visit http://www.akamai.com/netusageindex for a live view throughout the day of the Akamai Net Usage Index for Retail.

Akamai has also released the following additional traffic statistics for the recent Thanksgiving holiday period:

  • Traffic peaked on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (11/23) at 1,845,727 visitors per minute around 10:30 p.m. ET. This represented the third largest North American spike to date this year. 
  • Global traffic on “Black Friday” (11/24) peaked at 3,080,349 visitors per minute; and at 1,852,176 visitors per minute in North America.

For year-over-year comparisons during the month leading up to this year's "Cyber Monday," Akamai has compiled the following additional data:

Weekly North American Online Retail Visitor Growth (Oct. – Nov. ’06)

Week beginning... Peak visitors per minute for the week Day and time of peak visitors per minute Change in peak from same week in 2005
Oct. 30th 1,699,148 Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8:45 p.m. ET +30%
Nov. 6th 1,709,700 Monday, Nov. 6 at 4:45 p.m. ET +22%
Nov. 13th 1,749,000 Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET +21%
Nov. 20th 1,974,967 Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET +21%


Weekly Global Online Retail Visitor Growth (Oct. – Nov. ’06)
Week beginning… Peak visitors per minute for the week Day and time of peak visitors per minute Change in peak from same week in 2005
Oct. 30th 2,829,250 Monday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET +21%
Nov. 6th 3,216,300 Monday, Nov. 6 at 2:45 p.m. ET +30%
Nov. 13th 2,835,057 Monday, Nov. 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET +12%
Nov. 20th 3,080,349 Friday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET +19%

About Akamai

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.

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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.