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Thomson Selected by Eastern Europe Internet Service Providers for
Triple-Play Rollout and Voice over IP
Cirpack softswitches behind deployment of Triple-Play Services by SiOL.net, major
Slovenian Internet Service Provider
Iskon Internet Uses Thomson’s Voice Switching Platforms for Deployment of Broadband
Telephony in Croatia
Paris, January 31, 2006—Thomson (Euronext 18453 ; NYSE : TMS) has been chosen
by SiOL.net, a subsidiary of the national operator Telekom Slovenije, for the deployment of
its Cirpack softswitches to support the delivery of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
services to its customers throughout the country.
At the same time, Cirpack softswitches have also been chosen by Iskon Internet, one of
Croatia’s premier internet operators, for the rollout of broadband telephony services to its
These agreements fit Thomson’s strategic objectives both of broadening its client base and
consolidating its leadership in the provision of cutting-edge IP devices and solutions.
- Thomson Technology Behind Delivery of Feature-Rich VoIP Services in Croatia
Capitalising on the opportunities presented by the modernisation of Croatia’s network,
Iskon Internet is transitioning itself into a full service IP multimedia provider. With the help
of Thomson’s Cirpack softswitches, the company will shortly be offering its subscribers
carrier grade Voice over IP telephony with a full range of value added features.
Iskon Internet’s mission is to provide integrated telecommunications solutions over
broadband to both residential and business customers. Cirpack softswitches were chosen on
the basis of their meeting Iskon’s expectations by offering the best of both worlds through
legacy and VoIP capabilities.
- Thomson Technology Behind Transition to Triple-Play Infrastructure
Spurred by major economic growth and membership of an enlarged European Union, many
Central and Eastern European countries are currently undergoing a period of intense
telecom infrastructure modernisation. One of the largest Internet Service Providers in
Central and Eastern Europe, SiOL has entrusted the design and integration of its voice
switching platform to Thomson and IBM in support of its strategy to likewise move
seamlessly and rapidly onto the triple-play market.
As part of a national telecoms operator, SiOL has strategically chosen to work with
companies that can assure high quality, reliable, IP Multimedia Subsystems. Cirpack’s
softswitch enables SiOL to deliver all the phone services people have come to expect from
an incumbent operator and give them a competitive advantage in the ISP market - by
supporting the development of the new triple-play services including feature-rich VoIP
services but with significantly lower investment and operational overheads.
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 Thomson — Partner To the Media & Entertainment Industries
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides services, systems and technology 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:
Thomson’s Access Platforms and Gateways and Cirpack (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 RCA, THOMSON, SpeedTouch and
CIRPACK brands. You can find more information on AP&G’s products at www.thomson-broadband.com and
SiOL is the leading commercial Internet service provider in Slovenia, which begun to offer its services in 1996 as a
business unit of Telekom Slovenia. In 1999 SiOL became an independent company whose 100% owner is Telekom
Slovenia. SiOL offers high quality solutions for the Internet with its mission to connect people through the Internet and by
doing so bridge the gaps that some time ago seemed insurmountable. SiOL's aim is to constantly upgrade and develop
services to enhance the quality of users' lifestyles. In the last few years, SiOL has upgraded its offer as an Internet provider
with multimedia service and will further develop and upgrade all the elements of the "triple play" strategy based on the IP
About Iskon Internet
Iskon Internet is the largest alternative provider of advanced telecommunications and internet services in Croatia with
recognisable brand name and national coverage. Over 10,000 companies and 100,000 private customers are using Iskon’s
services, and Iskon web portal (www.iskon.hr) is visited by 165,000 unique visitors on a daily basis. Iskon employs 170
experts of all profiles.
Martine Esquirou +33 1 41 86 58 51 firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Dardelet +33 1 41 86 65 24 email@example.com
Marie-Vincente Pasdeloup +33 1 41 86 61 13 Mariefirstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Pays (Cirpack -NGN) + 33 1 41 44 38 18 email@example.com
Brenda Clery +33 6 83 30 57 57 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jasmine Khounnala +33 6 03 81 48 56 email@example.com
Séverine Camp +33 1 41 86 57 23 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Boidot +33 1 41 86 51 00 email@example.com
Laurent Sfaxi +33 1 41 86 58 83 firstname.lastname@example.org