CeBIT, HANNOVER, GERMANY - March 13, 2006 - LEA S.A.S. (Affiliated to HF group of companies), French corporation and world-wide leader of broadband xDSL and PLC, together with Intellon Corporation, the leading global provider of HomePlug®- compatible integrated circuits (ICs) for whole-house connectivity, entertainment networking and triple-play enablement, announced that LEA has designed an 85Mbps HomePlug product to address the emerging market of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) for Neuf Cegetel, a leading alternative French operator.
In recent years, telecom service providers have introduced innovative new services for delivering TV over ADSL networks. As customers subscribe to these services, reliable, uninterrupted network connectivity between the access modem and the IPTV set-top-box becomes essential. For that reason, wireless is less than optimal for services such as IPTV. Though Ethernet cable offers reliability, many customers prefer not to run visible cabling through their homes.
LEA's NetPlug adapters leverage HomePlug-based technology, allowing IPTV subscribers of Neuf Cegetel to achieve connectivity between their Neuf Box (the broadband modem) and their Neuf TV decoder (the IPTV set-top-box) using the existing power lines in their homes. Based on Intellon Corporation's advanced 85Mbps HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo technology, customers can solve the inconvenience of connecting via Ethernet and the reliability concerns of wireless. After successfully testing the HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo adapters with the Neuf IPTV services, Neuf Cegetel decided to partner with LEA S.A.S. to co-brand adapters for its subscribers.
"The service-provider industry has recognized that HomePlug technology is the enabling solution of choice for whole-house networking and customer satisfaction," said Olivier Exelmans, LEA's PLC Business Line Manager. "The technology and support we received from Intellon enabled us to step in and fill the need for this growing market. Both the subscribers and service provider are delighted with the elegance and simplicity of our HomePlug adapter solution - no need for technical assistance or the installation of new wiring, it's a self-install proposition that works."
"We are seeing a rapid rise in demand for our HomePlug products because they enable the best available solutions for fast, secure and reliable whole-house networking," stated Cameron McCaskill, vice president of business development for Intellon. "Intellon Corporation's No New Wires® HomePlug-based integrated circuits are being chosen by manufacturers and service providers worldwide to meet the technical demands of wholehouse service deployment and media distribution. We are proud to have a supporting role in LEA's success."
HomePlug PLC adapters from LEA and many other manufacturers are on display at CeBIT in the Intellon Booth, Hall 14, Stand H13. Intellon is also demonstrating streaming highdefinition video using the new HomePlug AV 200Mbps powerline communications technology.
About LEA S.A.S.
LEA S.A.S., affiliated to the group of HF Company, conceives, develops and markets filters xDSL for Central Office and Customer Premise as well as gateways and PLC modems (Power Line Connection) for the distribution of the services, high speed internet access (Internet, Telephony on IP, TV on ADSL) in a premise. LEA is situated in Paris La Defense and also has its commercial and operational offices in cessonsévigné, Belgium, Great Britain and in China. For more of information, please go to www.leacom.fr.
About Intellon Corporation
Intellon is the world leader in powerline communications, providing HomePlug® compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access and commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the new HomePlug AV powerline standard. With over four million HomePlug ICs sold, Intellon holds the dominant market share of the rapidly growing HomePlug market. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Ocala, Florida, with offices in San Jose and Toronto. For additional information, visit www.intellon.com.
About the HomePlug Powerline Alliance:
Founded in 2000 and backed 65 members worldwide, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is the leading open-standards organization developing global interoperable powerline communications specifications. HomePlug sponsor companies include Comcast, EarthLink, GE Security, Inc., an affiliate of General Electric Co., Intel Corporation, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., Motorola, RadioShack Corporation, Samsung, Sharp Laboratories of America, and Sony. For additional information, please visit www.homeplug.org.
Intellon and No New Wires are registered trademarks of Intellon Corporation. HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.