SOURCE: Thomson

April 16, 2007 04:49 ET

KPN Selects Thomson Latest range of Transmitters for extension of Dutch DVB- T network

PARIS and LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- KPN Selects Thomson Latest range of Transmitters for extension of Dutch DVB-T network

Paris, France and Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention), April 16, 2007 - Dutch carrier KPN (formerly Koninklijke PTT Nederland) has awarded a long-term contract to Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) for a major upgrade to its transmitter network across the Netherlands. The multi-million euros contract will increase the power of KPN's digital terrestrial service.

"KPN have chosen a very innovative route, adding flexibility in the modulation schemes while upgrading the power and reach of existing DVB-T transmitters, which we can comfortably provide," said Patrick Montliaud, Senior Vice President, Integration and Transmission Solutions for Thomson's Grass Valley business. "Our Elite modular transmitter platform allows us to tailor systems for customers which precisely meet their requirements, giving them the freedom to choose the transmission format, power and redundancy which precisely meets their needs."

KPN was originally a state-owned telephone provider in The Netherlands. Now a private company, it operates the fixed telephone network, having added cellular telephony in 1994 and a digital terrestrial television service in 2004. The success of its terrestrial broadcasts prompted KPN to invest in a comprehensive upgrade of its transmitter network.

The long-term contract calls for additional new transmitter sites as well as upgrades to existing ones. All new sites will be based on the Thomson Elite 100 digital television transmitter. While powers range from 475W to 900W depending on the site, all transmitters are equipped for a maximum capacity of 1.2kW to allow for future upgrades and changes in network topology. The Elite transmitter provides for redundant operation, and KPN has elected for a robust and economical 5 + 1 configuration.

"We looked at a number of options but elected to upgrade and extend our existing transmitter network," said Jos Zegveld, managing director of KPN Broadcast Services. "The Thomson engineering team worked with us on creating a highly reliable and cost-effective network. The Elite transmitter, because of its excellent efficiency, offers the lowest running costs in its class so we save money throughout the lifetime of the system."


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About KPN

KPN is the leading multimedia company in the Netherlands, providing consumers and consumer households with fixed and mobile telephony-, internet- and TV services. To business customers, KPN delivers voice-, internet- and data services as well as fully-managed, outsourced ICT solutions. Both nationally and internationally, KPN provides wholesale network services to third parties, including operators and service providers. In Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a multi-brand strategy with its mobile operations, and serves multiple customer segments in consumer as well as business markets.

On December 31, 2006, KPN served 6.3 million wireline voice subscribers, 8.6 million mobile customers, 2.1 million Internet customers and 0.3 million TV-customers in the Netherlands as well as 15.0 million mobile customers in Germany and Belgium. With 28,368 people (25,976 FTEs), KPN posted revenues of EUR 12.1 bn, with an EBITDA of EUR 4.8bn in 2006. KPN was incorporated in 1989 and is listed on the Amsterdam-, New York-, London- and Frankfurt stock exchanges.

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