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Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) 5.0 released, presenting an innovative digital
content delivery platform

New Toolbar enhances DAP's persistent desktop presence and allows its 22,000,000 registered users to easily manage accelerated and reliable downloads.

Haifa, June 18, 2001 - Speedbit (www.speedbit.com) today announced the release of version 5.0 of its premiere product, Download Accelerator Plus. The new version will be exclusively launched at CNET's Download.com, where DAP continues to be one of the most popular PC downloads for over a year.

DAP's popularity is spread strictly by word of mouth and user recommendations, and nearly 2 million new users register every month, reflecting keen interest in DAP as the preferred delivery platform to download millions of rich media files every day, including software, games, movies and music.

DAP Core Functionality

DAP allows file delivery in a highly accelerated and reliable manner - up to 200%-400% faster, according to users' comments and professional reviews. It detects mirror sites that host the requested file, determines which servers will be fastest for the specific user's location, and then initiates a multi-connection multi-server download process. This allows users to obtain maximum benefit from available bandwidth. Speedbit has two patent applications pending regarding DAP's core technology.

DAP's client-side optimization takes advantage of actual overall conditions of the network (with load balancing and fault tolerance), and of the deployed storage and mirror servers at the time of use as seen from the user's location, thus extending the delivery optimization chain to its true edge - the user's PC.

The New Version

One of DAP 5.0's many new features is an integrated toolbar that allows users to more conveniently mange their download from within their browser (IE). This new "dashboard" eases access to important DAP functions and includes a new Leecher and Links highlighter for broad and fast coverage of the available URLs from which files may be downloaded.

"The new version also demonstrates how various services may be offered during or after the download process. Currently we offer a Reviews service where users can share opinions about downloaded content. Similarly, content owners like record companies and movie studios may use DAP to offer additional services such as music and movie recommendations, how-to-purchase information, and so on," said Yossi Vardi, an investor in the company and founding investor of ICQ (which was acquired by AOL).

Boost for Digital Content Subscription Model

Future versions of DAP's delivery platform will enable users to subscribe to a variety of predefined subscription channels. Whenever there is a new item (song / movie / software / game / news etc.) subscribers will receive it directly to their PCs according to their schedule preferences. DAP transparency to various Digital Rights Management (DRM) protocols will allow content providers to offer paid-for subscriptions.

"DAP is developing into a perfect platform for offering subscriptions for rich media content. Our fast-growing user base is comprised of frequent downloaders who are likely to be early adopters of various digital content subscription plans. DAP's subscription functionality allows delivery of the content with no user intervention, directing the users to the most responsive servers, balancing server load and reducing bandwidth costs," says Idan Feigenbaum, Speedbit's CTO and Cofounder.

About Speedbit

Speedbit is a privately held company founded at the end of 1999 by a young Israeli programmer, Idan Feigenbaum, and his father Yerach. It has received funding from investors Yossi Vardi and STI Ventures, an international early-stage investment company, with an emphasis on Israeli technology. Strategic investors in STI Ventures are Softbank, Comverse Technology and Pacific Capital Group.


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