Akamai Technologies today said it has teamed with cable online
service provider Road Runner to improve Internet content delivery to Road
Runner broadband subscribers.
Under the deal, Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai, which provides services to speed the transmission
of Web applications and content, will work with Road Runner to improve the
delivery of Internet content and application services to Road Runner's
subscribers, the companies said in a statement.
As the demand for high-speed Net
connections continues to escalate, Herndon, Va.-based Road Runner, which competes in the cable broadband market, faces stiff competition from local
phone companies and their high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL)
More than 27.3 million users worldwide are expected to use DSL
by 2003, up from 70,000 last year, according to a recent report released by
market research firm International Data Corp.
Just last week, Akamai announced a similar alliance with Internet venture
fund CMGI to jointly develop and sell applications to speed Internet
content delivery services.
Under the deal, CMGI said several of its
companies are working with Akamai to develop applications that will provide
online decision-making services to businesses, such as targeted
advertising, application delivery or usage, research and marketing analysis