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Thomson Further Consolidates its Worldwide Leadership in Advanced Service Gateways during the First Half of 2006


Report Published by Leading Market Research Firm, Dell’Oro Group, Confirms Thomson’s Leadership in the Triple Play-Enabled Service Gateway Market during H1’06 with 49.8% Revenue Market Share Worldwide

Paris, 21 September 2006 - Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS), today announced it has further strengthened its number one market share position worldwide for sales of dual and triple-play enabled gateways to telecom operators and ISPs for the first half of 2006, according to Dell’Oro Group, a leading market research firm for the telecommunications industry. During the first half of 2006, Thomson has achieved 49.8 % market revenue share worldwide.

Thomson’s worldwide leadership has been further reinforced thanks to the swift market transition from entry-level modems to more sophisticated platforms known as residential gateways which enable operators to deliver diversified and advanced services such as triple and even quadruple play services (Internet, Voice over IP, IPTV and mobility). Such services provide telecom operators and ISPs with a key competitive advantage, and require a sophisticated home-based network element to be deployed efficiently and in large volumes to optimize Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). This network element also needs to be ready to deliver future services as these are rolled out.

Having anticipated this market evolution, the Group has been delivering increasing volumes of advanced gateways such as the customized Livebox (France Telecom), AOLbox (AOL Europe), and Fastweb box for telecom operators and ISPs worldwide, as well as highly successful generic platforms such as the Thomson ST780 VoIP gateway.

Thomson’s Market Leadership Also Extends to All Modems and Routers

Thomson has been leader for all DSL modem and router sales since 1999 and has further extended its lead over the competition in H1’06 with 17.8% revenue market share worldwide. Furthermore, with more than 4.2 million DSL modems and gateways shipped during the first half of 2006, Thomson is outpacing any other vendor on the market.

“These significant achievements in market share further demonstrate our commitment to supporting our telecom operator and ISP client base with cutting-edge and customized service gateways as the platform of choice for the delivery of even more advanced and sophisticated IP services,” stated Jacques Dunogué, Senior Executive Vice President, Systems Division at Thomson.


About Dell’Oro Group
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