Espial Group Inc.
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Espial Group Inc.

February 20, 2008 10:11 ET

Espial Signs Regional European Reseller Agreement With Major Network Equipment Vendor

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - Espial®, a leading provider of IPTV middleware and applications, today announced it has signed a reseller agreement with a major Network Equipment Vendor (NEV) for its Evo® IPTV Service Platform. According to the terms of the agreement, the NEV will resell Espial's Evo Service Platform to Telco and Cable operators within targeted regions in Europe. Evo IPTV Service Platform will be offered as part of a complete, turn-key IPTV solution for operators. The identity of the NEV is not disclosed due to confidentiality and competitive reasons.

"This is an important business milestone for Espial and further validates the strength of Evo® IPTV Service Platform as a next generation TV solution," said Jaison Dolvane, Espial's President and CEO. "This reseller agreement secures an influential channel for us to access major Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators in strategically important European regions and augments our fulfillment capacity to service large customers".

The NEV set forth rigorous selection criteria that Espial met including delivery of a highly customizable user experience; platform openness to enable service customization and application extensibility; carrier grade attributes for reliability; highly flexible service and business management functions to ensure a smooth operational fit; and an innovative middleware architecture that lowers total cost of ownership. The NEV was able to fully assess the selection criteria through current customer deployments as well as from feedback from live reference visits to IPTV trials with major European operators. These references truly endorsed the product capabilities and robustness of the Evo IPTV Service Platform.

Mr. Dolvane added: "Our focus in 2008 is to educate and train this channel to enable them to secure new customers and deploy Evo IPTV Service Platform as part their turn-key IPTV solution."

ABOUT ESPIAL (www.espial.com)

Espial provides IPTV middleware and applications that enable superior quality of experience, fast application performance, carrier-grade scalability, and open extensibility, all at a lower total cost of ownership. Espial's Evo® IPTV Service Platform, which can be purchased as modular components or as part of a pre-integrated client-server solution, includes Evo Client, Evo Server, Evo Browser, Evo BML Browser, Evo Future-Proof Framework™ (FPF), Evo SkinTones™ and applications such as Electronic Program Guide, Video on Demand, Digital Video Recorder, Content Portal, Games, and Triple Play.

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