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Akamai, AOL expand partnership

Tue, 10/08/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

America Online has plans to extend its infrastructure and is expanding a deal with Akamai Technologies Inc. to make it happen. Financial terms were not disclosed.

As part of the expanded deal, AOL will use Akamai's EdgeSuite service to enhance the performance and reliability of its content. Akamai will deploy its edge servers in AOL's backbone network worldwide. The servers will act as a private content delivery network for AOL members.

Separately, Cable & Wireless moved to prevent Akamai from selling its EdgeSuite products and services. C&W asked a US District Court to stop Akamai from selling the products, claiming that Akamai's products infringe on a C&W patent. The preliminary injunction request is part of a C&W lawsuit filed in August that charged Akamai and its affiliate Sockeye Networks Inc. with infringing on C&W's Internet optimal-routing patent.

Akamai denies its product line infringes on C&W's patents and says the suit is without merit.

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