Netscape Products to be Used as Foundation for @Home Network
@Home and Netscape announce strategic relationship to define cable-based Internet services to the home
Palo Alto, California -- September 25, 1995 -- @Home, a joint venture between
Tele-Communications, Inc., and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, announced today
the company has established a strategic partnership with Netscape Communications
Corporation to define cable-based Internet services to the home. As part of the
new relationship, @Home will license Netscape's client and server software to be
used as the foundation for the @Home network, a high-speed broadband solution providing
Internet access to personal computers via cable.
Under the terms of the agreement, Netscape will license to @Home its Netscape server software, including Netscape Commerce Server, Netscape Communications Server, and Netscape Proxy Server, and its Netscape Internet Applications, a family of turnkey software applications that enable companies to conduct full-scale electronic commerce on the Internet. @Home will license the Netscape Publishing System, Netscape Merchant System and Netscape Community System, within the Netscape Internet Applications family. Additionally, James Barksdale, president and CEO of Netscape, will join @Home's board of directors.
@Home will deploy this technology throughout its network Ñ facilitating such Internet features as local content and advertising. Additionally, @Home and Netscape will work together to develop a customized version of the popular Netscape Navigator client software to be included with the @Home service.
"@Home is working aggressively to change the way consumers access information via their personal computers," said Will Hearst, CEO of @Home. "By establishing an ongoing relationship with Netscape, together we can offer users the easiest and most user-friendly way to access information on the Internet. This new relationship enables the two companies to provide an end-to-end Internet solution. In addition, we are thrilled that Jim Barksdale has agreed to join our board of directors. His excellent management and leadership skills will be a great asset to @Home."
The key benefit of @Home's service will be the speed with which information is transported from the network to the consumer. It is estimated that the transmission will be more than 500 times faster than current Internet access offerings. Increased speed of transmission will enable users to access on-line information, graphics and video faster than ever before. The @Home network, to be deployed in select regions beginning in early 1996, will offer consumers access to existing content on the Internet, as well as unique local content.
"Using Netscape's software at the core of our network infrastructure will enable us to support today's Internet capabilities. In addition, Netscape and @Home will work together to advance Internet authoring technology to the next level," said Milo Medin, @Home's vice president for networks. "Netscape's core software technology, coupled with our high-speed Internet Protocol (IP) network infrastructure, will enable our customers Ñ both content providers and end-users Ñ to easily develop and market rich content, and utilize electronic mail, bulletin boards and chat services Ñ all in a manageable, highly scalable fashion."
"Coupling our full client/server software line with @Home's sophisticated network expertise is a huge win for the industry and consumers," said Jim Barksdale. "I am pleased to have been asked to join @Home as a board member."
@Home and Netscape will begin work on Netscape Navigator customization for @Home customers immediately. @Home will announce the location of its first market rollout by the end of the year.
Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software to enable people and companies to exchange information and conduct commerce over the Internet and other global networks. The company was founded in April 1994 by Dr. James H. Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc., a Fortune 500 computer systems company; and Marc Andreesen, creator of the NCSA Mosaic research prototype for the Internet. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol "NSCP", Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.
@Home, founded in May 1995, is a joint venture between TCI Technology Ventures, Inc., a subsidiary of Tele-Communications, Inc., the nation's largest cable company, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a premier venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. With headquarters in Palo Alto, California, @Home's mission is to provide high-speed Internet access to personal computers via cable technology.
Netscape Communications, Netscape, Netscape Navigator, Netscape Commerce Server, Netscape Proxy Server, Netscape Internet Applications, Netscape Publishing System, Netscape Merchant System, and Netscape Community System are trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation.