Akamai Delivers Record Streaming and Web Content During Historic Presidential Inauguration

NYTimes.com, Ustream, Viacom, WSJ.com, and other leading network and cable broadcasters among the popular destinations that leveraged Akamai for live Adobe® Flash® streaming of Obama inauguration

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, announced online traffic statistics associated with live coverage of the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of The United States.

As the largest day ever for the delivery of concurrent live streaming over the Akamai EdgePlatform, the Company reported it delivered a peak of over 7 million active simultaneous streams (the majority being live streams) at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET today. A real-time view of streaming on the Akamai EdgePlatform can be seen at: http://www.akamai.com/html/technology/dataviz3.html.

“In addition to the historic nature of the Inauguration, it is now clear that this event has driven unprecedented demand from a global online audience,” said Robert Hughes, executive vice president of Global Sales, Services, and Marketing at Akamai. “With the Inauguration occurring during work-day hours in the U.S., we witnessed record numbers of live streams served in support of many leading news businesses. For an event of this scale, Akamai’s globally-distributed EdgePlatform is unique in its ability to bypass congestion points on the Internet, and to ensure a reliable, high-quality experience for our customers. While this event was supported flawlessly for our broadcast customers, it is also important to point out that Akamai continued to deliver perfect quality of service for the remainder of our 2,800 enterprise customers. This is just the beginning of what is possible when broadcasting live to audiences around the world.”

Today also represented a single-day peak on the Akamai EdgePlatform for concurrent live streams utilizing Adobe Flash technology, serving over 800 Gbps of Flash streaming.

“It is an honor to provide the underlying media technology required for leading broadcasters and media organizations, as they delivered live online coverage of this momentous event,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager of Dynamic Media at Adobe. “With so many viewers eager to see the ceremonies and hear the first words of our 44th President, we knew the combination of Adobe Flash technology and Akamai would bring this inauguration to the broadest possible online audience.”

Total traffic on the Akamai network surpassed a rate of more than 2 terabits per second at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET. Akamai also delivered over 12,000,000 requests per second at the same time.

Akamai’s Net Usage Index for News (http://www.akamai.com/html/technology/nui/news/index.html) also recorded a significant traffic peak today. 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 11:45 a.m. ET today, over 5.4 million visitors per minute were looking for news and information content online.

Adobe Flash Player is on over 98 percent of connected computers and delivers more than 80 percent of Web video worldwide, ensuring that content and applications are presented consistently in the format users want. For more information on the Adobe Flash Platform, please visit http://www.adobe.com/flashplatform.

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