Technicolor adds high performance telephony to major cable television network in Mexico

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June 10, 2010
Cirpack softswitch adds residential and business telephone services for Grupo Hevi

Cirpack softswitch adds residential and business telephone services for Grupo Hevi

Paris (France), June 10th, 2010 – Technicolor (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TCH) today announced that it has been selected by Grupo Hevi, one of the five biggest cable television operators in Mexico, to deliver a complete class 5 residential and business telephony solution. Based on Technicolor’s Cirpack softswitch, it provides high quality voice over IP services over Grupo Hevi’s digital cable network, with advanced services including IP centrex for business users and secure gateways for the rest of the telephone network.

The Technicolor Cirpack softswitch is a widely used and highly regarded voice over IP solution. It is built around a high density and high availability solution based on redundant hardware, providing excellent security and quality of service combined with unique space and energy efficiency. Grupo Hevi’s implementation is based on a centralized control architecture capable of managing up to 32 distributed media gateways for excellent flexibility.

“Mexico and Latin America is seeing a dramatic change at the moment, as cable operators seek to move rapidly to offer a fully integrated communications package for their subscribers,” said Georges Laplanche, Senior Vice President, Connect Division at Technicolor. “The Cirpack platform is ideal, meeting the real needs of cable operators as they compete with telcos, like offering a voice primary line through the NGN softswitch. Grupo Hevi is our second win amongst the regional cable companies in Mexico,and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership.”

“As part of our dynamic development plans we needed to add a new flexible, carrier-class and innovative voice offering,” said Hector Vielma, CEO of Grupo Hevi. "Technicolor was able to meet our challenging timescales and ensure we got to market as quickly as possible. They did it with a product which met all of our technical requirements implemented by a very strong local Professional Services team."

Because it is built on open standards, Cirpack is capable of handling multiple telephone protocols and interfaces through its integrated media and signaling gateways. It supports all advanced interconnections including SIP, SS7, ISDN and R2 as well as MGCP/NCS, H.248 and V5.2 for access. Built into the software is the full range of legacy and latest IP functionalities to provide a feature-rich offering to domestic customers and business tools – including IP centrex – to enterprise subscribers.

Grupo Hevi launched its new Cirpack voice offering in May 2010.

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Technicolor is a company listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and NYSE stock exchanges, and this press release contains certain statements that 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 risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed, forecasted or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a more complete list and description of such risks and uncertainties, refer to Technicolor’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and its filings with the French Autorité des marchés financiers.

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About Technicolor
With more than 95 years of experience in entertainment innovation, Technicolor serves an international base of entertainment, software, and gaming customers. The company is a leading provider of production, postproduction, and distribution services to content creators and distributors. Technicolor is one of the world’s largest film processors; one of the largest independent manufacturers and distributors of DVDs (including Blu-ray Disc); and a leading global supplier of set-top boxes and gateways. The company also operates an Intellectual Property and Licensing business.
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