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OEN to OEM IPTV

LAS VEGAS -- Optical Entertainment Network (OEN), the leading provider of IPTV and IP broadband services optimized for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and the first company to launch in a major market, announced at the 2006 FTTH Conference & Expo today its Sales Agent Program that will make its FISION™service of 400 digital IPTV channels available to FTTH communities around the US. Through the FISION Sales Agent Program, OEN will monitor and deliver FISION programming from its digital IPTV Headend in Houston, Texas throughout the US to FTTH communities seeking IPTV programming content. OEN will maintain ownership of the subscriber and will provide customer support for sales, programming and technical calls. OEN’s Sales Agent Program eliminates the considerable capital expenses and management resources required for FTTH communities to build, maintain and operate their own video Headend and the need to negotiate IPTV agreements with content providers.

“By becoming a sales agent for our FISION IPTV service, FTTH communities across the country can now add our FISION branded IPTV video services to their voice and data package. The Sales Agent Program accelerates the time to enter the Triple Play market for an FTTH provider,” said Albert J. Estrada, Chief Marketing Officer of Optical Entertainment Network. “OEN’s Sales Agent Program is a perfect fit for municipalities, independent network owners, public utilities, competitive communications service providers, rural telecommunications providers, and real estate developers across the United States.”

According to market research firm Render, Vanderslice and Associates (RVA), FTTH deployments passed over 4.0 million U.S. homes in April of ‘06, an increase of almost 1.4 million homes in six months. This is the most rapid growth of FTTH deployment to date, with more than 230,000 additional homes passed every month. Over the same time period FTTH communities grew from 656 to 936 in the US alone.

“Until now, it has been cost prohibitive for small to medium-sized FTTH communities to build their own Headend and offer IPTV services,” Estrada said. “It can cost $3-5 million to build a digital IPTV Headend and a year or more to acquire competitive IPTV agreements with leading cable TV networks and content providers.”

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