SOURCE: Thomson

March 12, 2007 12:01 ET

Thomson SoftSwitches Chosen by the German Cable Operator envia TEL

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- Thomson SoftSwitches chosen by the German cable operator envia TEL.

Already adopted by 8 telecom operators and Internet Service Providers in Germany, Thomson's Cirpack Voice over IP platform enters German cable market.

Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced that envia TEL, a major carrier and telecommunications service provider in the South East of Germany, has selected the Cirpack VoIP platform to launch a range of advanced telephony services over Cable and DSL local loops. Using the Thomson platform, envia TEL will now be able to offer packaged double and triple play services to its partner carriers and end user customers throughout the region.

Cirpack softswiches are already installed with eight operators (telcos and ISP) throughout Germany. The German cable market is very large compared to rest of Europe with, according to the German Cable Association (Deutscher Kabelverband e.V.), 26 million households currently connected to the cable network. The GBA also predicts a density of 90% of them to be triple-play enabled by end of 2008. This represents a huge potential for cable telephony and packaged triple play solutions in Germany.

envia TEL, a subsidiary of one of the biggest power companies in Germany, enviaM, is a regionally focused telecoms operator in the south-east of Germany offering telephony services via its own DSL infrastructure. Leveraging the advanced telephony services managed in the network by Thomson's Cirpack softswitches, envia TEL's cable operators partners will now be able to easily add voice solutions and launch their own complete triple play offers. envia TEL will also use Thomson's Cirpack platform for connection to the Deutsche Telekom network enabling even more advanced services. The operator also plans to target the enterprise market with hosted IP Centrex solutions in the near future.

Jean-Pierre Dumolard, General Manager of Thomson's network software business within the Systems division, said: "envia TEL is a major operator in Germany, helping many cable operators to deliver telephony services. We are looking forward to helping them grow their share of the cable telephony market as our solutions are gaining momentum in Germany."

The General Manager of envia TEL, Mr Thomas Wellhausen commented "We needed a future proof solution which could offer new VoIP services over both DSL and Cable but would also be able to operate with our existing legacy equipment. Cirpack was selected due to its impressive range of features, even in its minimum configuration. This allows us to complete our service portfolio at a very competitive cost and to deliver a unique service mix, independent from the access technology, whether cable or DSL."

The implementation was completed within four weeks of delivery. Mr Naif Kiy, Product Manager from Quante Netzwerke GmbH, the integrator responsible for the project planning and implementation, expanded "Thanks to Cirpack's open architecture, we managed to complete the project of the envia TEL implementation within a very short time -- to the great satisfaction of the customer."

Gartner's Dataquest report published in October 2006 showed that Thomson's Cirpack softswitches was the most successful VoIP platform taking 24% of the market in EMEA.

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About envia TEL

envia TEL GmbH is one of the largest carriers and telecommunications service providers in the central Germany. With its own network, envia TEL offers its business, institutional and operator clients high quality, customised products and solutions. In 2005 envia TEL GmbH announced a turnover of 22.8 million Euros. envia TEL offers a full range of telecommunications products and services for telecommunications operators and specifically targeting its communications and information offers to the needs of the economy, industry and regional organisations. envia TEL has its own modern, high density, telecommunications network which services around 350,000 entreprises and has points of presence in more than 200 towns throughout the region guarantee access to all principal telecoms operators. envia TEL, a wholly owned subsidiary of enviaM (envia Midtteldeutsche Energie AG, a leading energy supplier), is present in the towns of Chemnitz, Cottbus, Halle, Markkleeberg and Taucha and employs 100 persons.

For more information: http://www.enviatel.de.

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