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(E) Croatia Selects Scientific-Atlanta to Upgrade
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/29/2004 | Business | Unrated
(E) Croatia Selects Scientific-Atlanta to Upgrade

 

Croatia Selects Scientific-Atlanta Europe Technology to Upgrade

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Press Release Source: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.

OiV Croatia Selects Scientific-Atlanta Europe Technology to Upgrade Complete Transmission Infrastructure
Thursday January 29, 4:15 pm ET

KORTRIJK, Croatia and ATLANTA, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scientific-Atlanta (NYSE: SFA - News), one of the largest technology innovators for the broadcast and broadband industries, has announced that Croatian network operator Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV) will upgrade its entire terrestrial distribution network using its equipment. Having recently completed a thorough acceptance test deployment of the equipment, OiV will begin immediately revolutionising the country's TV and radio transmission infrastructure with the enhancements to its new network.

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OiV controls a network of 21 main transmitter sites and approximately 300 transposer sites in Croatia which are used for delivering terrestrial television content to the country's 1.5 million television households. The company has signed a contract for a complete DVB-compliant digital platform from Scientific-Atlanta, providing TV and radio distribution, studio-to-studio contribution, as well as a full system management solution.

While OiV currently transmits three national channels, one of its key objectives is to include more contribution from regional news providers in its existing national programming, all on the same network. Thanks to the advanced Scientific-Atlanta encoders, OiV will be capable of inserting local news in specific time-slots within national programming for broadcast in six regional networks. The Scientific-Atlanta solution provides cost-effective, near- seamless splicing technology to minimize costs while maximizing performance.

Its new Scientific-Atlanta platform will also convert the digital transport signals into traditional analogue for terrestrial transmission to the home. As part of the overall system, OiV has bought Scientific-Atlanta's ROSA(TM) network management system to give it complete control of network performance at all times. The network will also have automatic redundancy switching which will help to enable OiV to provide high-quality, reliable service at all times.

Nikola Percin, Member of the Board at OiV says, "We selected Scientific- Atlanta as a result of its proven track record of working with broadcasters and content distributors. This breadth of experience meant that they understood our objectives from both a technical and a business perspective which enabled us to get the very best solution for our specific requirements.

"Our new content delivery network in Croatia will improve the viewer experience and provide us with the additional bandwidth we need to support the growth of television in the country. We are delighted to be working with Scientific-Atlanta Europe to implement this incredibly significant project for our company which is now in position to offer services to public and commercial broadcasters as well. We found Scientific-Atlanta's cooperation and acceptance of our proposals for technical solutions very useful in leading to the desired results."

George Stromeyer, VP and Managing Director, EMEA at Scientific-Atlanta Europe explains that this project is indicative of the growth currently taking place across the whole of Eastern Europe. "Broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europe is currently undergoing radical and exciting changes, both in terms of the content that consumers are demanding and the development of infrastructure. This will enable broadcasters, like OiV, and content providers to deliver new and exciting services to subscribers. Scientific-Atlanta is committed to supporting OiV's network upgrade project over the next 18 months and beyond.

"Scientific-Atlanta Europe offers broadcasters and consumers the technology and the expertise to help them transform their viewing experiences and, as a result, will play a significant part in the broadcast evolution throughout Eastern Europe."

About Scientific-Atlanta

Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA - News; http://www.scientificatlanta.com ) is a leading supplier of digital content distribution systems, transmission networks for broadband access to the home, digital interactive set-tops and subscriber systems designed for video, high-speed Internet and voice over IP (VoIP) networks, and worldwide customer service and support.

"Forward-looking statements," as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may be included in this news release. A variety of factors could cause Scientific-Atlanta's actual results to differ from the anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Investors are referred to Scientific-Atlanta's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's most recent Form 10-Q), which statements are incorporated into this news release by reference.

Scientific-Atlanta and the Scientific-Atlanta logo are registered trademarks of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. ROSA is a trademark of Scientific- Atlanta Europe NV.
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