Akamai has appointed Wolfgang Sthle as new president of its European operations. He will lead Akamai Europe from its new headquarters, in Munich, Germany, the US-based company said.

Akamai said both the appointment of Sthle and its Munich move are timed to meet the high-growth expectations of advanced Web services in Europe. The company also has subsidiaries in London and Paris.

Akamai has already deployed its servers in 17 European countries, spanning the networks of 27 different telecom operators, the company said.

Following its recently announced partnership with Swedish carrier Telia AB, Akamai's network now spans all Europe's major network providers.

In related news, Akamai also announced that NBC Internet (NBCi) has signed up to use its FreeFlow service to enhance performance at its Web sites.

The first NBCi Web unit to use the FreeFlow service will be the media company's flagship Snap portal site, Akamai said in a statement.