THOMSON: BT Home Hub Passes the Three Million Shipment Mark

Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:46am EDT

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  PARIS and LONDON, Jul 21 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Thomson (Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), the worldwide leader in video
solutions, has announced shipments of BT Home Hub wireless gateways have
passed the three million mark in fewer than two years since the devices
were deployed by BT in the United Kingdom. This milestone also
underscores the remarkable success of the service, with a rapid increase
in subscribers opting for the higher value broadband packages in which
the BT Home Hub was included.

    "The BT Home Hub has been developed through close co-operation between BT
and Thomson. We have now rolled out a very advanced and extremely
practical offering, bringing together a group of features that have
proved really popular, including IPTV, video on demand, and the ability
to automatically transfer calls from a mobile phone to the fixed line to
reduce call charges," said Steve Andrews, Managing Director, Strategy,
Convergence and Products at BT.

    The remarkable success of the BT Home Hub is due to the definition and
development of a single platform for key services such as wireless VoIP
telephony through a DECT handset, fixed-mobile convergence, video over IP
and high speed wireless DSL and Open WiFi which turns the home gateway
into a WiFi hotspot for authorized sharing of the wireless network

    BT, one of the world's leading providers of communication solutions and
services operating in 170 countries, needed an attractive broadband offer
which would help develop the market for new services in the United
Kingdom. It had to be extremely simple to install and use as well as
future-proof to support functionality updates via software downloads over
the broadband circuit. Thomson has now shipped the first shipments of the
latest generation BT Home Hub which incorporates 'N' standard wireless
technology for even greater reach and performance.

    "We are delighted with the success of the BT Home Hub. BT is one of the
world's largest operators, and we see this success as a clear
demonstration of Thomson's ability to provide equipment that meets the
needs of service providers and their subscribers," said Jacques Dunogue,
Thomson's Senior Executive Vice President, Head of the Systems division.
"As world leader in DSL gateways, we are also delighted to have delivered
first shipments of the next-generation BT Home Hub that includes greater
wireless reach and a power-save mode for energy efficiency when the BT
Home Hub is not in use."

    Illustrating the growth potential of the residential gateway market,
recent projections[1]1 by industry analysts Parks Associates, estimate
that by year-end 2012, 40 million European homes will have residential
gateway solutions.

    Certain statements in this press release, including any discussion of
management expectations for future periods, constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" of the U.S. Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements
are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject
to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results
to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements due to changes in global economic and business
conditions, "media and entertainment" markets, and regulatory factors.
More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the
financial results of Thomson is contained in Thomson's filings with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    About Thomson: the worldwide leader in video solutionsThomson (Euronext
Paris: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) is the world leading provider of solutions for
the creation, management, delivery and access of video, for the
Communication, Media & Entertainment (CME) industries. Our clients are
studios, broadcasters, network operators (telcos, broadband, satellite and
cable operators) and an increasing range of professional users of videos.
We deliver superior value to our customers through a unique combination of
industry leading technologies, systems and services, enabling us to offer
differentiated and innovative end-to-end solutions based on a broad
portfolio of Intellectual Property. At the cross-roads of the CME
industries, leveraging our core competencies in video but also audio, data
and voice, we enable our customers to take advantage of the growth
opportunities brought on by the digital convergence revolution. For more
information: http://www.thomson.net.

    About BT

    BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and
services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include
networked IT services, local, national and international
telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet
products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business:
BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.


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|Caroline Ponsi           |   +33 1 41 86 61 11|caroline.ponsi@thoms|
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|Claudine Cecille         |   +33 6 07 86 55 52|claudine.cecille@tho|
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[1] White paper entitled 'Europe: Home Network Update' published in
April 2008

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