BT has teamed up with Internet search technology company Inktomi to enhance the quality of search for European users.
Under the terms of the deal BT will host Inktomi?s first European search cluster, being built in the UK, which will enable companies that license Inktomi?s search engine to give European specific content priority over US content.
The deal also allows BT to resell the technology to any of its corporate customers, European affiliates and joint ventures. The 'search cluster' is expected to be completed by the summer at a BT data centre. No financial terms of the alliance were disclosed.
The two companies are also in discussions to include Inktomi?s Traffic Server cache technology in the deal.
Inktomi currently has two search clusters based in the US and its search engine is used by partners including AOL, Yahoo, Hotbot and Cnet. By building one in Europe the company hopes eliminate the frustration felt by many users at the huge amount of US content by offering localised alternatives.
?It is an important step in scaling the Net,? explained Sarah Law, European marketing director at Inktomi, ?We will crawl the Web to find Euro specific content to form a data centre of 40 million documents."
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