Akamai Expands Business Into Central and Eastern Europe

By Akamai Technologies Inc., PRNE
Monday, June 27, 2011

ZURICH, June 28, 2011 -

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider
of cloud optimization services, today announced its formal
expansion into five countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) -
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
 Akamai’s success across the globe has triggered significant
demand for its enterprise cloud optimization expertise in the CEE

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Forrester predicts the CEE region will reach overall Internet
adoption rates of 54% within 2013(1) and according to
PricewaterhouseCoopers(2), the number of broadband connections in
the CEE region will reach 43.2 million in 2012, an increase of 10
million over the 2010 total of 32.9 million. Additionally,
Eurostat(3) reports that a significant portion of total commerce
being conducted online in Europe is coming from the Czech Republic
(15%), Hungary (14%) and Slovakia (11%). With an increase in the
number of major online news, sporting and entertainment events in
the CEE region, there is a need for fast, reliable and secure
content and Web application delivery, all of which are key Akamai

Akamai’s expansion into Central and Eastern Europe will be led
by Bruno Haubertin, a 20-year industry specialist in developing
emerging markets. Haubertin has previously managed successful
operations in this region, including Middle East and Africa, for
Compaq Computer, Digital Equipment and Sun Microsystems.

“Our expansion into Central and Eastern Europe is an important
and strategic move for Akamai and I am excited to have Bruno
Haubertin leading this effort,” explained Greg Lazar, Akamai
General Manager & Vice President, EMEA. ”Akamai has a
strong leadership position in cloud optimization services, online
media, e-commerce and security offerings, and we look forward to
continuing success working closely with our channel partners in
each country.”

Akamai will open an office in Krakow, Poland to support CEE
customers. Other offices and staffing will be added over the next
6-12 months. The company is also actively working to expand its
existing channel partner program in order to support Akamai’s focus
on the enterprise, commerce, financial services, high-tech,
manufacturing and media markets in CEE.

About Akamai

Akamai® provides market-leading, cloud-based services for
optimizing Web and mobile content and applications, online HD
video, and secure commerce. Combining highly distributed,
energy-efficient computing with intelligent software, Akamai’s
global platform is transforming the cloud into a more viable place
to inform, entertain, advertise, transact and collaborate.  To
learn how the world’s leading enterprises are optimizing their
business in the cloud, please visit href="www.akamai.com/">www.akamai.com and follow
@Akamai on Twitter.

Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act

This release contains information about future expectations, plans
and prospects of Akamai’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 hackers or
others, inability to develop media solutions that address the
complete needs of programmers, operators and consumers as content
libraries are expanded, lack of market acceptance of solutions we
do develop, inability to introduce commercial versions of features
we have demonstrated, a failure of Akamai’s network infrastructure,
and other factors that are discussed in Akamai’s Annual Report on
Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents
periodically filed with the SEC.

(1) Source: Forrester, “Central and Eastern European Internet
Access Forecast 2008-2013″

(2) Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers, “Global Entertainment &
Media Outlook 2010-2014″

(3) Source: Eurostat, “Internet Usage in Households and

Karine Gourdon-Keller  
Akamai Technologies (EMEA)


Jeff Young
Akamai Technologies (Americas)


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