J:COM Taps ARRIS FlexPath(TM) Wideband Technology to Deliver 160 Mbps Internet Service


SUWANEE, Ga., April 9 // - ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) today announced that J:COM, the largest multiple system operator (MSO) in Japan based on the number of customers served, is deploying the ARRIS FlexPath(TM) pre-DOCSIS(R) 3.0 wideband channel bonding solution to its residential customers. The wideband service delivers super high-speed Internet service capable of downstream speeds of 160 Mbps, and upstream speeds of 10 Mbps.

The service carries the brand "J:COM NET HIGHGRADE", and will be offered to customers living in single dwelling units, individual homes and smaller apartment buildings within the J:COM network footprint beginning this month. Initial J:COM NET HIGHGRADE service deployments are in the Kansai area at the Minami Osaka, Izumi, and Izumi Ohtsu systems. The wideband solution is driven by the ARRIS C4(R) CMTS situated in J:COM's headend and ARRIS Touchstone(R) Wideband Modems WBM650C in the customer premises.

The decision to launch the new DOCSIS-based wideband service follows trials J:COM conducted with ARRIS equipment during the second half of 2006.

"We are very pleased with the performance of the ARRIS FlexPath wideband solution," commented Mr. Shunzo Yamaguchi, Director and General Manager, Engineering Division, J:COM. "After extensive testing in our labs and in close cooperation with ARRIS, we feel that we can confidently offer secure and reliable super high-speed Internet service to our customers."

"We are honored to have been selected by such a progressive MSO as J:COM to provide their 160 Mbps wideband data service," said ARRIS Senior Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales, George Fletcher. "We have a long tradition of providing J:COM with circuit-switched and VoIP services and this deployment further extends our product portfolio at this industry leader."

About FlexPath

The ARRIS FlexPath solution is a DOCSIS 3.0-based channel bonding initiative that delivers far more bandwidth per subscriber than previously available. FlexPath software can be installed into existing C4 CMTS with a simple software upgrade and all legacy DOCSIS modems - 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 - can coexist on the same downstream channels as the FlexPath modems. With the Touchstone Wideband Modem WBM650, FlexPath delivers end-user data speeds of up to 160 Mbps in the downstream and up to 120 Mbps in the upstream. It does this by bonding up to four 256-QAM DOCSIS channels using packet-based bonding. The C4 CMTS are fully upgradeable to DOCSIS 3.0 and the Touchstone Wideband Modems WBM650 are forward compatible with DOCSIS 3.0, ensuring that operators who deploy C4 CMTS and FlexPath wideband today will not encounter stranded investment as they migrate to full DOCSIS 3.0.

About ARRIS

ARRIS provides broadband local access networks with best-in-class video, high-speed data, mobile and fixed-line telephony systems for the delivery of voice, video and data to their residential and small-to-medium sized business customers. ARRIS complete solutions enhance the reliability and value of converged services from the network to the end-user. Additionally, ARRIS provides a complete set of tools and cable system infrastructure products, and deploys wireless DOCSIS-based solutions to serve customers not passed by cable plant. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Atlanta, Chicago and Cork, Ireland, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at www.arrisi.com

About J:COM

Established in 1995, Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (J:COM) is Japan's largest multiple system operator based on the number of subscribing customers, serving 2.62 million subscribing households (as of December 31, 2006) in the Sapporo, Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu regions. Based in Tokyo, J:COM is a corporate entity that provides cable television, high-speed Internet access, telephony and mobile services to customers through 24 managed franchises (as of December 31, 2006) operating at the local level. The number of serviceable households or "homes passed" in J:COM franchise areas is approximately 9.74 million (as of December 31, 2006). J:COM's principal shareholder is LGI/Sumisho Super Media. J:COM is a public company, trading on the JASDAQ stock exchange under code No. 4817. For more information (available in English and Japanese), visit J:COM's website at www.jcom.co.jp/.

Source: ARRIS

CONTACT: Alex Swan, media relations of ARRIS, +1-678-473-8327, alex.swan@arrisi.com

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