WatchMouse Announces BEL 20 Companies' Websites Fall Short

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Testing reveals slow loading and poor uptime; Ackermans & van Haaren noted as worst

WatchMouse, a global industry leader in self-service website and application performance monitoring, tested the websites belonging to the companies listed on the BEL 20, which represent the highest market capitalized companies on the Brussels Stock Exchange, for availability and performance. None of the BEL 20 company websites registered 100% uptime. The websites with the lowest uptimes included Ackermans & van Haaren (81.6%), Confinimmo (93.0%), Solvay (93.9%), GBL (97.7%) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (98.3%). The websites with the best uptimes included KBC Groep (99.9%), Delhaize Group (99.9%), UCB (99.9%), Umicore (99.9%) and Mobistar (99.9%).

"These are 20 of the largest public companies in Belgium and only 25% of their websites met the industry standard of 99.9% uptime or greater," states Mark Pors, CTO and co-founder of WatchMouse. "These websites are key channels for these companies to attract new business, provide investors with information, and project a professional corporate image. It's been five years since our first testing, and there have been improvements, but not what we'd expect out of these types of companies."

WatchMouse monitored the websites during the period of January 23 to March 1, 2010. According to industry standards, availability of greater than or equal to 99.9% is regarded as "good" while anything below 99% is regarded as "poor" site uptime.

The sites were checked every five minutes during the test period from one of the 42 WatchMouse global monitoring stations, and included a retrieval of the website home page, without graphics or frames. The home page was expected to load within eight seconds without any errors. If that time was exceeded or a server error occurred, WatchMouse verified the results using another of its monitoring stations. The result was counted as either poor availability or unavailable if a second error was established.

See for the full report of all BEL20 company website uptimes or visit for real-time status and statistical data on each website's performance.

This website performance monitoring research covers the websites of the following organisations: KBC Groep, Delhaize Group, UCB, Umicore, Mobistar, Colruyt, Omega Pharma, GDF Suez, NPM/CNP, Befimmo-Sicafi, Fortis, Belgacom, Telenet Group, Bekaert, Dexia, Anheuser-Busch InBev, GBL, Solvay, Cofinimmo, Ackermans & van Haaren.

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