SOURCE: Thomson

October 09, 2006 05:10 ET

FASTWEB to Deploy Thomson's Wireless VoIP Residential Gateway

Boulogne Cedex -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 9, 2006 -- FASTWEB to Deploy Thomson's Wireless VoIP Residential Gateway

Leading Broadband Service Provider Set to Offer Advanced Services to Its Customers with Residential Gateway from Thomson

Paris, 9 October 2006 - Thomson has been selected by FASTWEB - Italy's second largest fixed telephony operator and the first player worldwide to develop an all IP network for Triple Play service delivery - for the deployment of multi-play services to its customers. The FASTWEB platform is the first wireless VoIP gateway on the Italian market with integrated DECT capabilities designed to support FASTWEB feature-rich services and enable service providers to broaden the outreach of multimedia services in the networked home. This announcement underpins Thomson's worldwide leadership in DSL CPEs and particularly residential gateways, and its commitment to provide its operator and service provider client base with advanced IP solutions and devices enabling them to offer innovative services to their customers.

At the heart of the networked home, the gateway will manage the various existing multimedia equipments. It includes the "zero touch" installation feature which enables a rapid and plug and play-like set up.

Over this gateway, FASTWEB delivers services such as Internet telephony and wireless Internet access to its customers. The product includes the DECT capability via the phone and its separate charger, for high quality phone calls. It is a standards-based solution which supports the TR-69 remote management protocol, allowing operators to automatically update the hub in order to deploy new services easily and efficiently. The hardware base of the gateway is also future-proof and ready to enable additional services such as IPTV.

"FASTWEB is committed to driving the adoption of new broadband services and technologies that can improve the experience of our customers. Confident in Thomson's expertise, we have chosen them as the supplier of our platform which will enable us to offer our customers an even larger portfolio of multimedia and converged services," said Guido Roda, Director ICT Services for FASTWEB.

"We are very pleased to continue our collaboration on broadband technology with FASTWEB, this time demonstrating our ability to develop cutting-edge technology to meet FASTWEB's innovative business strategy," said Bruno Fabre of Thomson's Systems Division. "This announcement reinforces Thomson's position as a world leader in the provision of advanced customer premises solutions that enable operators and service providers to deliver their customers the most advanced services".

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Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems & equipment to help its Media & Entertainment clients - content creators, content distributors and users of its technology - realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.

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|Martine Esquirou         |  +33 1 41 86 58 51|martine.esquirou@tho|
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|Julie Dardelet           |  +33 1 41 86 65 24|Julie.dardelet@thoms|
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|Jasmine Khounnala        |  +33 6 03 81 48 56|jasmine.khounnala@th|
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|Guillaume Trichard       |  +33 6 70 48 12 19|guillaume.trichard@t|
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|Marie Boidot             |  +33 1 41 86 51 00|marie.boidot@thomson|
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|Laurent Sfaxi            |  +33 1 41 86 58 83|laurent.sfaxi@thomso|
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