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March 17, 2005 16:23 ET

The Universal Powerline Association to Endorse the Opera Specification and Announce Launch of Digital Home Industry Standardization Process


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MARCH 17, 2005 - 16:23 ET

The Universal Powerline Association to Endorse the
Opera Specification and Announce Launch of Digital
Home Industry Standardization Process

HANNOVER, Germany--(CCNMatthews - Mar 17, 2005) -

At a Board of Directors Meeting Held in Hanover During CeBit, UPA Agreed
to Endorse the Opera Specification and to Launch a Digital Home Industry
Standardization Process

The UPA has reached agreement on the process for the preparation of the
specification for its Digital Home Standard (DHS) and invites all
interested parties to participate in the process. The DHS standard due
in Q2 2005 will be used to design integrated circuits for voice, video
and data distribution including multi-stream entertainment such as HDTV;
SDTV; and Triple Play services.

As an organization powered by open communication, UPA has agreed to
submit a draft of its in-home standard to industry technology leaders
and customers for valuable input. At present, pre-standard units are
available as well as UPA pre-standard field data. Industry leaders are
currently involved in the process of creating the digital future of
powerline networks, and influencing the standard to best suit market
needs. UPA's Digital Home standardization committee organizes the whole
process. The UPA is inviting all In Home networking and Consumer
Electronics vendors, interested utilities and telecommunication
companies to join its Committees. To participate in the digital home
standardization process, interested parties are invited to contact:
peter.sobotka@corinex.com, Chairman of the Digital Home Standardization
Committee.

In a separate initiative the UPA Board has endorsed the specifications
for powerline communications developed by the EU sponsored project
Opera. To participate in this processinterested parties may contact
hirotsu.kenichi@sei.co.jp (Chairman of the co-existence Committee) and
donald.pollock@upaplc.org (Universal Access Standard). The endorsement
of the Opera specifications is fully consistent with the targets of the
Association:

-- the UPA is aiming at the shortest time to market. Moving on with a
broadly recognized efficiency, the Opera project has already announced a
specification. By endorsing this specification, the UPA benefits from
the outcome of a successful, rigorous and completed process that
included a call for proposals, independent selection and test of state
of the art PLC technology.

-- the Opera project is a market driven initiative including 36
companies, 10 leading utilities and ISPs among its membership. Among
them are Iberdrola, EDF, Endesa, ENEL, ONI, Linz and MVV who have been
leading the most significant PLC deployments in Europe since 2001.

-- The OPERA selection process chose a proven technology as its
baseline: the selected 200 Mbps PHY and MAC developed by chip Supplier
Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2) has already been successfully
deployed in the field.

-- The UPA aims to ensure co-existence/interoperability of it DHS
(Digital Home Standard) with the OPERA Access-BPL Standard.

The UPA Access Standardization Committee will validate the application
of the OPERA baseline on the American and Asian markets with leading
telecommunication players and will provide feedback and input to OPERA
for a worldwide and universal industry standard to be published before
the end of 2005. UPA will support the OPERA initiative to promote the
Access-BPL standard in ETSI and IEEE with the support of the whole
Industry, and the same procedure will be followed for the DHS standard
mentioned above.

"Following the launch in January of an ambitious initiative to issue a
coexistence standard between inhome technologies and universal access
technologies that will be ready in May 2005, I am satisfied with the
current momentum which testifies to the fact that the UPA is the most
reliable and market focused standardization association for PLC," said
Eric MOREL, Chairman of the UPA. He added: "All UPA industry standards
and associated certification will be openly and freely available and the
UPA will develop for its members an industry label assuring them to
provide their customers with a proven expected level of functionality
and quality, harmonized with standards and regulations."

About OPERA

"OPERA, "Open PLC European Research Alliance", is an Integrated Project
including 36 companies sponsored and co-financed by the European
Commission 6th Framework Program under the strategic objective "Broad
Band for all" in the Information Society Technologies (IST) Priority".

Additional information about OPERA is available at
http://www.ist-opera.org/

About the Universal Powerline Association

The Universal Powerline Association (UPA) is an International
not-for-profit trade association working to harmonize global standards
and regulations in the fast developing powerline communications market.
The UPA aims to catalyze the growth of PLC technology by delivering UPA
certified products that comply with the specified standards and
regulations. All products and applications designed around UPA
guidelines will communicate. This can range from simple coexistence to
full interoperability. Products and applications range from, the most
performance demanding back haul optical switch to the customer premise
equipment that delivers broadband access power line or Broadband
Powerline (BPL) or one of the myriad of home networking appliances; from
power line to Ethernet gateways for triple-play and home-networking
applications, to consumer electronics appliances including Media Centre
PCs, Digital TV, MP3 players, networked set-top boxes and PVRs; indeed
all types of audio or video appliances. UPA provides all PLC players the
opportunity to respond to key customer expectations with open standards,
based on interoperability, security and coexistence and supported by
exclusive and independent certification, the only global guarantee of
quality and confidence for high-speed power line technology available
today. Members of the UPA include Ascom, Ambient Corporation, Corinex
Communications, DS2, Electricite de France, Itochu Corporation, Ilevo
(Schneider Electric Powerline Communications), Sumitomo Electric
Industries and TOYOCOM.

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