SOURCE: Thomson

May 19, 2006 11:03 ET

Thomson Pioneers Next Generation Telecoms in Ukraine and Estonia

Thomson's Cirpack Platform Enters Two New Fast-Growing Markets, Ukraine and Estonia, With Its Fixed Mobile Convergence and Softswitch Solutions

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2006 --Thomson (Euronext 18453) (NYSE: TMS) today announced that its Cirpack voice over IP softswitches have been selected by two new providers in Eastern Europe - Telegrupp in Estonia and Datagroup in the Ukraine.

Estonian service provider Telegrupp has just launched one of the world's first fixed-mobile services using Thomson's Cirpack softswitches. Telegrupp is already successfully using the system in house and is now marketing a full set of fixed mobile convergence features for mobile operators and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to provide their customers with both mobile and fixed IP networks connectivity bundled with unique converged voice features. The VoIP market is gaining rapid ground in Estonia with a seven-fold increase in the number of subscriber lines reported for the year 2005 according to a report from analyst group Dataxys.

Datagroup, Ukraine's leading provider of integrated telecommunications services, provides fixed, mobile and satellite communication services for telephone and mobile operators. Datagroup's decision to offer a wider spectrum of user-friendly services via a new network management system means that Thomson's Cirpack softswitches will be at the heart of the construction and development of Datagroup's next generation network throughout Ukraine. The number of Ukrainian broadband subscriber lines is rapidly increasing and grew by almost 500% during 2005, according to Dataxys' Quarterly Broadband Residential Market Analyses. This particular contract signature marks the beginning of a vast VoIP project as Datagroup are planning growth both geographically and in the range of services they provide.

Bruno Fabre, Vice President, Telecoms Business Unit, Thomson continued "Our position as leading softswitch vendor on the Eastern European and Baltic markets is consolidated as we enter the Ukrainian market with one of the region's foremost telecommunications and satellite groups and make fixed mobile convergence a reality in Estonia . Thomson's Cirpack softswitches are now present in 80 countries."

Softswitch refers to the software platform responsible for controlling call processes in the network, as well as managing remotely access devices and service applications.

About Telegrupp

Telegrupp is a systems integrator in Telecommunications and IP networking. Founded in 1997, Telegrupp has its offices in two major Estonian cities, with its head office in Tallinn. The company was acquired by Comliet UAB (Telia-Sonera group) and Merko Ehitus AS in 2002, being joined to one of the largest communications integrators in the Baltic Region, followed by MBO in late 2005. The company has been fast growing and profitable since founding, making EEK 77 million in revenues and EEK 2 million profit in 2005. For more information about the company and services, please visit: www.telegrupp.ee or www.mobileipcentrex.com.

About Datagroup - Datagroup consists of two companies - Datacom, an all Ukrainian data communications network operator and Datasat Europe's second large space communication complex. Today it is a very powerful company able to provide any service. Datagroup has more than 400 employees and subsidiaries all major Ukrainian cities (around 20). Turnover for the year 2005 was more than 30 million US dollars.. DATAGROUP has its own fiber optic infrastructure over the whole Ukrainian territory based upon Cisco DWDM equipment. It gives full independence from any provider and ability to deliver high quality services to any place in Ukraine. For more information: http://www.datagroup.com.ua

About Thomson — World leader in digital video technologies

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.

Thomson's Access Platforms and Gateways (AP&G) activity, part of the company's systems and equipment division, is a leading supplier of digital entertainment receivers to the world's major satellite and terrestrial broadcasters, cable operators and telecom service providers. It offers a full range of digital set-top boxes, phones, broadband modems and gateways with modular VoIP, IPTV and wireless capabilities. Through its Next Generation Networks business unit, Cirpack, it is also one of the leading suppliers of softswitch solutions to migrate telecom infrastructures to NGN (Next Generation Networks) and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) enabling massive deployments of broadband telephony and IP Centrex, for instance. Products are marketed under the THOMSON and CIRPACK brands. You can find more information on AP&G's products at www.thomson-broadband.com and www.cirpack.com

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