BOSTON (06/22/2000) - Inktomi Corp., which develops Internet navigation software, expanded its platform Thursday, adding South Korea to the ranks of its search engine users.
Openbase International, which makes a data retrieval engine, will host Inktomi's search engine by locating South Korean information and news for use by Inktomi's South Korean Web site customers, who will then resell Inktomi's search services to everyday Internet users.
Inktomi decided to offer services there because "South Korea is one of the fastest-growing Internet marketplaces in the Asia-Pacific," said Matthew Hall, vice president of engineering in the Search and Directory Division of Inktomi.
That view is backed by statistics from the South Korean Network Information center, which found that in the past seven months 5 million Koreans had begun using the Internet, a rise of 30 percent since December, according to data supplied by Inktomi.
However, as for search engine competition in the South Korean market, Hall says that he "is not aware of a big pressure in the South Korean Market."
South Korean customers of Inktomi's engine, Web site owners and operators will launch the system on their sites for use by everyday Internet users in July.
Inktomi Corp., based in Foster City, California, can be reached at +1-650-653-3090 or at http://www.inktomi.com.