SkyStream Lands IPTV Deal

NTELOS has selected SkyStream as its video headend partner for its new IPTV service over FTTP that will serve its Virginia ILEC footprint

March 24, 2006

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- NTELOS Inc., a Waynesboro, Va.-based integrated communications provider, has selected SkyStream® as its video headend partner for its new IPTV service over Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) that will serve its Virginia ILEC footprint.

"We want to offer our subscribers a state-of-the-art IPTV service featuring high definition TV (HDTV), premium and local programming, video on demand, personal video recorder (PVR) and interactive services, that -- along with our voice and high-bandwidth data packages -- truly leverages the power of our new fiber network," said Frank Berry, vice president of engineering and operations for NTELOS. "SkyStream's implementation and support in getting the service up and running has been fantastic."

NTELOS has built a "super video headend" center where it has deployed the SkyStream Mediaplex-20(TM) video headend. From there, NTELOS is distributing the MPEG-2 feed over a 10-Gigabit Metro Ethernet ring to several regional offices and will deploy the SkyStream iPlex(TM) edge video headend system for additional video aggregation and distribution. NTELOS will be able to offer local channels, advertising and other programming from these regional centers.

"We decided to build the network in MPEG-2 for now because of the high-bandwidth capabilities of our fiber network, but as we expand the reach of the service to more homes we will look at upgrading to MPEG-4 AVC as needed. We chose the SkyStream Mediaplex and iPlex headends, after extensive research, because of their high-density, modular design which allows real flexibility in adding new services and future-proofs our investment," Mr. Berry continued.

The new TV service will feature national, regional and local video and music programming, including several that will be in HD. NTELOS will receive a video feed from the National Cable Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) for some of its channel lineup. The new NTELOS IPTV service will be tested in a small trial in preparation for a future commercial launch of the service.

NTELOS has been an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) in western Virginia for 109 years and is offering the new IPTV service initially just in its ILEC territory. NTELOS also operates a competitive local exchange carrier network in Virginia, and is a leading wireless provider in the region.

SkyStream Networks Inc.

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