Internap Chosen by Sharedband to Help Bring High-Speed Internet to New Business and Residential Customers

Mon Jan 5, 2009 12:00pm GMT

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Sharedband Solves `Last Mile` Problem with Innovative Router Software That Ties
Multiple Local DSL and Cable Internet Connections Together into a High Speed
ATLANTA--(Business Wire)--
Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of
end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced today its IP network and data
center colocation services are being used by UK-based Sharedband to expand its
operations and offer its innovative network solution in the US, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary, Sharedband Technologies. As the name suggests,
Sharedband bonds broadband lines including DSL, cable, T1, wireless and fiber
connections from major Internet providers to offer both residential and business
customers faster speeds with added resilience. 

Until now, high-speed broadband Internet service was not available for millions
of homes and businesses due to geographic limitations of carrier infrastructure.
Sharedband solves this `last mile` problem by aggregating local bandwidth
connections. Applications such as VoIP, video conferencing and software as a
service (SaaS) place greater demands on the local loops used to connect to the
Internet. Enhanced broadband services such as ADSL2+ and SDSL also suffer from
the 'distance-to-central office' problem, and are available from a limited
number of central offices. Sharedband solves this problem. Sharedband also
resolves the issue of upstream-delivery speed. Most Internet services are
engineered to provide significantly lower bandwidth for sending files than for
downloading files - consequently resulting in the slower upstream time. 

"The Internet is a critical personal and professional tool, yet broadband
Internet services are unavailable for millions of consumers," said Paul Evans,
chief executive officer of Sharedband. "Internap provides us data center space
and optimized IP connectivity that, when combined with Sharedband`s customized
firmware, bring broadband Internet to these underserved markets." 

Internap`s bundled data center colocation and Performance IP™ networking
services offer a 100 percent performance service level agreement (SLA).
Performance IP is based on patented software technology called MIRO (Managed
Internet Route Optimizer TM) and 55 network access points worldwide. The
Performance IP platform monitors Internet performance across multiple backbones
to select the best path for content to travel. It also integrates seamlessly
with Internap`s enterprise data center locations at 44 sites throughout the
world, giving businesses a vehicle to successfully manage Web sites and network
intensive applications. 

"Sharedband`s solution provides their customers a high-speed, resilient link
into Internap`s route-optimized global IP network," said James DeBlasio, chief
executive officer at Internap. "The result is broadband Internet service can now
be delivered to millions of new residential and business consumers using
off-the-shelf technology and currently available network capacity." 

According to TeleGeography, a research division of PriMetrica, Inc., Internet
traffic grew 53 percent from mid-2007 to mid-20081. As Internet traffic
continues to increase, business and residential consumers need a solution that
can facilitate fast, reliable connectivity and provide capacity to keep up with
the growing dependence on the Web. 

About Sharedband

Sharedband software enhances broadband communications by creating faster upload
and download speeds and more resilient connections for business sites anywhere
using existing lines. It is deployed as a managed service connecting to
Sharedband`s national data centers and resold by Service Providers including
ISPs, ASPs and Systems Integrators or directly from
Sharedband Service Providers are able to offer business customers enhanced
broadband services using existing lines. The service improves connectivity for
remote sites and branch offices, and bandwidth hungry applications like multiple
VoIP, VPN`s, hosted applications and off site data backup. Sharedband works by
managing data flows at the packet level across several lines so that the
capacities of the lines are aggregated together and act as a single connection
that is also resilient. Sharedband is a patented technology and Sharedband
Limited is a private company based in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. Its US subsidiary,
Sharedband Technologies, LLC is based in Seattle, WA. 

About Internap

Internap is a leading Internet solutions company that provides The Ultimate
Online Experience by managing, delivering and distributing applications and
content with unsurpassed performance and reliability.With a global platform of
data centers, managed Internet services and a content delivery network (CDN),
Internap frees its customers to innovate their business, improve service levels,
and lower the cost of IT operations. More than 3,000 companies across the globe
trust Internap to help them achieve their Internet business goals. For more
information, visit 

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Internap Network Services
Debra Forrester, 404-302-9781
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