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Speedbit Records 50 Millionth Registered User of Download Accelerator Plus (DAP)

Collaboration of 50 million users, and the processing power of their computers enable
balancing the load of the internet !

Haifa, Israel, July 20, 2002 - Speedbit Ltd. announced today that 50 million users have registered for Download Accelerator Plus (DAP), its popular platform for delivery of rich media content over the Internet, since the program was first introduced in late 1999.

DAP enhances reliable delivery of software, music, games, movies and videos over the Web, speeding the process by 200% to 400% according to users' comments and professional reviews. DAP's 'organic growth' is driven strictly by word of mouth and user recommendations, resulting in over 60,000 users who opt-in and register the program every day.

DAP's delivery platform is used extensively by its vast user base, delivering over 9 million files daily. The program has consistently been ranked among CNET's top PC downloads for the past two years, further evidence of DAP's popularity. DAP may be freely downloaded from the Speedbit website (www.speedbit.com).

How DAP works

On the Internet the same file is often hosted on numerous mirror sites, such as at universities and on ISP servers. DAP immediately senses when a user begins downloading a file and identifies available mirror sites that host the requested file.

As soon as it is triggered, DAP's client side optimization begins to determine - in real time - which mirror sites offer the fastest response for the specific user's location. The file is then downloaded simultaneously through multiple connections from the most responsive server(s). This ensures that each available mirror server is utilized to serve the users that most benefit.

This in turn effects an efficient balancing of the load among available servers across the entire World Wide Web, and reduces download times for users while allowing them to receive maximum benefit from their available bandwidth. DAP's Resume functionality and the ability to continue downloading even when one of the participating connections has dropped also provides users with a more reliable download experience.

Distributed computing enables load balancing through DAP's user base

"DAP architecture extends the delivery optimization chain to the true edge of the network - the user's PC," said Speedbit's Co-founder and CTO Idan Feigenbaum. 

"DAP's client-side optimization performed from our users PCs, demonstrates distributed computing for load balancing of the whole Internet. The more globally spread DAP's user base, the more effective the balancing process," added Feigenbaum.

DAP's new version 5.3, released a few weeks ago, preserves Speedbit's innovative position and high retention of DAP's user base, "We released DAP 5.3 with a set of functionality and usability related improvements, features like the Zip files preview allow users to check the content of Zip files before downloading them. They can extract only the desired content, thereby saving time and bandwidth. To improve the user experience, we added skins support that allows our users to brighten-up the interface of their frequently used application. Some of these features are only enabled in DAP Premium (registered version)," Feigenbaum said.

About Speedbit

Founded at the end of 1999 by Idan and Yerach Feigenbaum, Speedbit is a privately held company with headquarters in Haifa, Israel. STI Ventures, an international early-stage investment company with an emphasis on Israeli technology, together with Yossi Vardi, are the key investors in Speedbit. Strategic investors in STI Ventures are Softbank, Comverse Technology and Pacific Capital Group

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