One of the largest Chinese download service provides
Xunlei has joined Baidu Alliance, which means Xunlei's
users will be able to directly use Baidu.com's search box
embedded in the products of Xunlei. Xunlei and Baidu
Alliance formally signed a cooperative agreement at the
beginning of November 2008, but only now is the
partnership being disclosed.
With this agreement, Xunlei will cooperate with Baidu
Alliance in all of its products, ranging from its search
engine Gougou to client. Internet search engine Baidu
says the joining of Xunlei once again shows the attraction
of Baidu Alliance to quality network resources. In regards
to the cooperation between Xunlei and Baidu, Xunlei's
marketing director Zhang Yubo told local media it is
simple business cooperation. Through this cooperation,
Baidu will supply search results for Xunlei and Xunlei
will integrate Baidu's toolbar in its products.
Prior to this, Xunlei achieved a strategic cooperation with
Google in 2007, according to which Google and Xunlei
would implement cooperation in many sectors, including
products, technology and marketing and Google would
provide overall search support to the users of Xunlei.
In addition, Xunlei has gained strategic investment from
Google. Although neither side has revealed the detailed
amount, industry insiders speculate the number might
be as much as USD5 million.