October 1, 2008

Thomson Leads the Way in Digital Connectivity at Broadband World Forum 2008

Thomson leads the way in digital connectivity at Broadband World Forum 2008

- New Eco Gateway

- Complete 802.11n Wireless Gateway Range

- Open Software Strategy

- Widening of Thomson's worldwide leadership in advanced service gateways

Paris / Brussels, Broadband World Forum - 1st october 2008 - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), the worldwide leader in video solutions, is demonstrating its leadership in home networking solutions at the Broadband World Forum 2008 as it rolls out a range of highly sophisticated DSL gateway platforms and reaffirms its Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) market leadership as reported by market research firm Dell'Oro.

The Eco Gateway: a step further in Thomson's commitment to best environmental practices

Shaped like an iceberg, the Eco Gateway combines very high performance with minimised energy consumption, and low-impact manufacturing and delivery. Using largely recyclable materials, it is not just an eye-catching concept but a real ecological platform that raises the bar in terms of green CPE design. The energy saving functionality of the Eco Gateway is also being rolled out across the rest of the range of DSL consumer premises equipment thus further underscoring Thomson's commitment to the European Union Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment signed earlier this year.

A new range of WiFi gateways to allow telcos to propose compelling service offerings

- The THOMSON TG789n is a future-proof platform which enables the delivery of advanced services over VDSL2 and fibre to the home. The first such gateway of its kind, its underlying ultra broadband technology enables network operators to offer revenue-generating and bandwidth-hungry services such as multiple high definition streams and multimedia content sharing.

- The smallest gateway of its kind in the world, The THOMSON TG797n Slim is an advanced media gateway with integrated 802.11n WiFi and DECT telephone to provide a comprehensive single point of contact for home networks and multi-line and multi-number telephony.

- Meeting the operational and price point requirements of every operator, the new gateway portfolio also includes the THOMSON TG585n, an entry level product and the THOMSON TG587n service platform: each are data-only products and offer the same high level of wireless functionality and speeds.

- 802.11n gateway accessories include the TG185n, an Ethernet to WiFi convertor which provides a wireless access point and is optimised for video over WiFi.

Thomson is also offering 3G HSDPA wireless connectivity on many of its gateway products. This is of particular interest to mobile operators moving into the broadband field, giving them a faster route to integrated services, and giving the consumer a fallback via conventional 3G in the case of DSL or network failure.

Pioneering Open Software Strategy

This open approach readily allows operators and third party developers to add valuable applications using Thomson's own software development kit, which includes the so-called OSGi (Open Service Gateway Initiative) framework based on an industry plan for a standard way of connecting devices. Both operators and their third parties partners can develop applications which extend the capabilities of the gateway. The result is an extended function set for the consumer and increased revenues and more cost-effective operation for the network operator.

Widening of Thomson's worldwide leadership in advanced service gateways

Thomson today also announced it had further strengthened its number one market share position worldwide for sales of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) for the second quarter of 2008, thus further consolidating the industry leadership it has held for some 5 years now. In a report published by leading market research firm Dell'Oro Group, Thomson's CPE market share in revenue reached 19.7% whilst its share in volume accounted for 15.8% of the market in the period April to June 2008. The Group has been delivering increased volumes of advanced gateways for some time now as illustrated by delivery of its 3-millionth Home Hub in July of this year to BT, deployment of the Livebox Mini to Orange as well as highly successful generic platforms such as the THOMSON TG787 gateway.


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About Thomson: the worldwide leader in video solutions

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is the world leading provider of solutions for the creation, management, delivery and access of video, for the Communication, Media & Entertainment (CME) industries. Our clients are studios, broadcasters, network operators (telcos, broadband, satellite and cable operators) and an increasing range of professional users of videos.

We deliver superior value to our customers through a unique combination of industry leading technologies, systems and services, enabling us to offer differentiated and innovative end-to-end solutions based on a broad portfolio of Intellectual Property.

At the cross-roads of the CME industries, leveraging our core competencies in video but also audio, data and voice, we enable our customers to take advantage of the growth opportunities brought on by the digital convergence revolution. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.

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