Thomson Bonds With Docsis

Thomson expands global cable modem portfolio with launch of new channel-bonding cable modem, the DCM465

November 27, 2007

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PARIS -- Outpacing what competitive FTTH (Fiber To The Home services are offering today, Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the availability of its new channel-bonding cable modem, the DCM465, which enables MSOs to immediately address current market challenges and deliver downstream data rates of up to 100 Mbps.

Certified DOCSIS® 2.0-ready by CableLabs in May, the DCM465 modem's channel-bonding capability will dramatically increase the throughput for data-over-cable services and help cable operators provide an even greater diversity of services including bandwidth-hungry applications.

DOCSIS 3.0 Functionality Delivered over Existing DOCSIS 2.0 Infrastructure Defining specifications for advanced IP services, DOCSIS 3.0 will prove decisive for cable operators wishing to stay ahead of the content and experience delivery game.

The DCM465 offers the primary features of DOCSIS® 3.0 while protecting the investment made in DOCSIS 2.0 equipment. These features include up to 100 Mbps download speed, IP Multicast, and Layer-2 VPN. It also supports the IPv6 protocol. As the next-generation Internet Protocol, IPv6 greatly expands the number of Internet addresses that cable operators may use, allowing them to provide consumers with more IP-based services and support the increasingly large number of IP-enabled devices in use.

Advantages of the DCM465's pre-3.0 design include its backward compatibility with existing CMTS, with channel-bonding software, while being forward-compatible with DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS. Using the Broadcom-based BCM3381 chipset, the DCM465 today will enable cable operators to leverage their existing investments in a DOCSIS 2.0 infrastructure, allowing them to take the lead before DOCSIS 3.0 deployment.

"Deploying this new DCM465 cable modem which incorporates channel-bonding technology will enable cable operators to deliver services more efficiently today while also providing tools to deliver diversified services to multiple devices tomorrow," said Pascal Portelli, Vice President of Thomson's North American Cable Premises Systems activity.

Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453)

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