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Free Uses Thomson for FMC

PARIS -- Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE; TMS) today announced that Iliad (Euronext ILD) is upgrading its Thomson’s Cirpack voice switches to offer an innovative fixed-mobile service to the 2 million subscribers of its Free.fr Triple Play service. Using these new technologies, Free is creating a virtual mobile telephony infrastructure enabling users to travel anywhere in the World with their fixed line.

Thanks to the new Cirpack Mobile VoIP components developed by Thomson, Free can offer seamless roaming of users’ fixed line service to whichever WiFi hotspot they are connected to, even when using GSM phones managed by another operator. Free subscribers can literally take their fixed line with them and choose whether incoming calls should be redirected to their dual mode WiFi/GSM phones. Outbound calls placed via WiFi enjoy the same pricing scheme as those placed from home, offering greatly reduced costs over standard mobile services.

Thomson’s Cirpack Mobile VoIP components are software options to the Cirpack softswitches already in place to manage Free’s primary line VoIP service. They enable secured and transparent access to the Cirpack VoIP softswitches from anywhere in the world. In another innovative twist, the solution is also turning Free’s national network of WiFi Freebox modems into a virtual mobile infrastructure for their subscribers.

Michael Boukobza, Free’s Chief Executive Officer commented: “We have been using Thomson’s Cirpack voice switching platform since 2001 and we have always been impressed by its ability to evolve and match our business model changes. Thomson is now delivering the ideal software options enabling Free to launch a mass market Fixed-Mobile Convergence service.”

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

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