Pirelli Broadband Solutions Brings End-To-End Capability To Broadband World Forum Europe 2006


Milan, Italy - 3 October, 2006 - Pirelli Broadband Solutions, the broadband access and photonics company within the Pirelli Group, is to bring a working demonstration of its complete end-to-end portfolio - from its Metro/Access platform to its dual-mode GSM/WiFi handset - to the Broadband World Forum Europe, taking place at CNIT La Defense, Paris, between 9-12 October 2006.

Visitors to the Pirelli stand (no. 718) will be able to experience this end-to-end capability, including: the Metro and Access Network solution, a low-cost, expandable CWDM platform; the Remote Management Platform, offering automatic provisioning for multi-vendor TR-069/SNMP standard CPE; a family of smart card-equipped, intelligent Access Gateways for Wi-Fi, ADSL 2/2+ and VDSL 2 services; a broad portfolio of Set-Top Boxes, including high-definition, hybrid decoders for IPTV and DTT, based on single-chip technology with DVR capabilities; and SIP-based, Wi-Fi/GSM Dual-mode Handsets, featuring SMS, MMS, WAP, and e-mail.

"Pirelli brings a unique offering to this major telecoms show," said Mauro Sacchetto, CEO at Pirelli Broadband Solutions. "Our expertise in both photonics and access technology means that we can offer network operators a complete range of products, from cost-effective, scalable, optical network platforms to innovative CPE and handsets, making next-generation applications, such as IPTV and VoIP, a reality, both in the metro core and in people's homes and offices."

Pirelli is demonstrating its industry-leading expertise by chairing two seminars at the Forum: Roberto Pellegrini, senior director, Marketing and Product Management, Access Products, will lead session A2 on Drivers for Converged IP-Broadcast Video Services; and Corrado Rocca, senior vice president, Marketing and Product Management, Access Products, will chair session E1 on Broadband Requirements for Delivering Next-Generation Video Services.

The company is also participating in two key workshops on the opening day of the conference: Corrado Rocca will speak at Workshop 1: End-to-End IPTV, taking place from 09:00 to 12:00, to be chaired by Harold Fitch, general manager at Comtrend; whilst Eugenio Iannone will speak at Workshop 3: Broadband Access Transformation, also taking place from 09:00 to 12:00, to be chaired by Daniel Tang, vice president of marketing at Huawei.

1. Pirelli's new subsystems and a wide range of broadband access CPE will be on display at the Pirelli booth - number 718.
2. Session A2 - Drivers for Converged IP-Broadcast Video Services - will take place between 14:00-15:30 on Tuesday, 10 October; session E1 - Broadband Requirements for Delivering Next-Generation Video Services - will take place between 16:30-18:00 on Wednesday, 11 October.
3. Workshop 1: End-to-End IPTV will take place between 09:00-12:00 on Monday, 9th October; Workshop 3: Broadband Access Transformation will take place between 09:00-12:00 on Monday, 9th October.

About Pirelli Broadband Solutions
Pirelli Broadband Solutions is the Company within the Pirelli Group specializing in broadband access technology and photonics. The Access division provides a range of broadband CPE including access gateways, set-top boxes, multiple handsets, and a remote management system; while the Photonics division leverages nanotechnology and its use of tunable and pluggable solutions to deliver multi-wavelength components, modules and subsystems including tunable lasers, RoF, GPON Triplexers, and a CWDM metro access system. In 2005, Pirelli Broadband Solutions posted sales of 112 million euros, with a 78% growth compared with the previous year. For additional information: www.pirelli.com

Pirelli Press Office: Tel. +39 02 85354270 www.pirelli.com

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