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Thomson Wins Irish IPTV Deal

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BERLIN and PARIS -- Smart Telecom, a leading Irish telecoms provider, has selected Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE; TMS) to provide an end-to-end solution for its launch of advanced triple-play packages.

In support of the Smart Telecom services, Thomson will provide a solution integrating its comprehensive IPTV solution with its Cirpack VoIP softswitch to enable unique communications services in addition to interactive and on-demand video. Smart Telecom, who has its own DSL network has purchased Thomson's set-top boxes, VIBE MPEG4 encoders, Sapphire video-on-demand servers, and SmartVision IPTV service platforms.

"Smart Telecom has already been successfully using Thomson's VoIP platform for over three years for the management of VoIP subscriber services" said John Riordan, CEO of Smart Telecom. "We needed to move forward with a turnkey, scaleable and future proof, solution for offering Triple Play services with a wide range of features. Thomson was able to provide us with the complete range of equipment we needed, as well as a strong experience in Triple Play deployments. Another important criteria was the IMS readiness of Thomson's solutions and we have already integrated some of Thomson's core IMS voice components into our architecture."

"Broadband operators are all looking for ways to differentiate their services and provide a unique customer experience to its end-users with advanced triple play services, high picture quality and optimized channel zapping" said Jacques Dunogué, Senior Executive Vice President of Thomson's Systems division. "Thomson's strong expertise in video technologies and unique Triple Play integration capabilities enables Smart Telecom to achieve this.. All around the world, Thomson is showing how it can provide operators with the ideal solution for quick launch of high quality Triple Play services over any network infrastructure."

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

Smart Telecom plc

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