Thomson Provides BT with Wireless DSL Residential Gateway to Support Launch of Total Broadband Service

Delivery of Latest BT Home Hub Further Consolidates Thomson’s Relationship with Leading UK Operator
(PresseBox) (Paris, ) Thomson (Paris Euronext : 18453 ; NYSE : TMS) today announced that it has completed the first shipment of the latest BT Home Hub Wireless DSL Gateway to BT in support of its BT Total Broadband service, launched on June 20th 2006. The BT Home Hub is a quadruple play enabled gateway designed to support BT’s full range of services, including both BT Total Broadband and BT Broadband Talk, in addition to providing wired and wireless broadband connectivity for multiple PCs, laptops and other networked devices. This contract demonstrates Thomson’s position as global leader in the supply of gateways, with the successful expansion of its telecoms and ISP customer base through the provision of innovative IP devices and solutions that support the launch of new voice, video, data and mobility services.

Sitting at the heart of the digital home, the device will deliver four key BT services: wireless VoIP telephony through a DECT cordless handset (BT Broadband Talk); Fixed Mobile telephony convergence (FMC) through the BT Fusion service; Video over IP through the BT Vision service that launches in the Autumn and BT’s current videophone service; and wireless DSL. The product includes a new protocol that will enable BT to automatically update all devices to support new services. It also supports ‘HD Sound’, the latest wideband audio technology which offers near CD-quality sound for telephone and video calls that is far superior to traditional telephone or voice over IP calls. The BT Home Hub is unique in its combination of DECT, FMC and wideband audio technology.

”Choosing Thomson as the supplier of the BT Home Hub reflects our confidence in their ability to meet our requirements,” said Warren Buckley, Director Portfolio Convergence of BT Retail. “The Home Hub is a truly innovative device that gives BT a strategic, future-proof platform for the delivery of the most comprehensive package of broadband related services to our customers”.

“We are delighted that BT has once again chosen Thomson products to help deliver its groundbreaking solutions,” said Bruno Fabre of Thomson’s Systems Division. “The contract reinforces Thomson’s position as a world leader in the provision of advanced customer premises solutions that enable operators and broadcasters to deliver the most cutting-edge services to customers”.

Powered by ultra-fast download speeds of up to 8 Mb, BT Total Broadband is the complete broadband service. Customers will be able to enjoy all of BT’s pioneering broadband-based offerings including BT Vision and BT Fusion, the intelligent fixed to mobile service which was launched in June 2005 and also supported by Thomson technology. BT Fusion enables users’ mobiles to switch calls to BT Total Broadband when at home.


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