Pirelli Broadband Solutions to Demo WDM-PON Technology at C5 World Forum 2007 in Milan

Milan,26 March, 2007 - Pirelli Broadband Solutions announced today that it will collaborate with Telecom Italia, together with Alcatel-Lucent and Italtel, at the C5 World Forum on a working demonstration of Fiber-to-the-Building/Fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTB/FTTC) using WDM-PON technology. The C5 World Forum will take place at the Fiera Milano Congressi, Milan, between 27-28 March 2007.

The Pirelli stand (no. 4028) will act as the access central office, with a WDM-PON optical line termination (OLT) unit delivering one optical channel to each of the following stands, which for demonstration purposes will represent city buildings; Telecom Italia (stand no. 2001), Alcatel-Lucent (stand no. 2015) and Italtel (stand nos. 3001/4001). Each stand "building" will have an optical network termination (ONT) unit to receive one Gigabit Ethernet bandwidth for the delivery of premium telecoms services.

Mauro Sacchetto, CEO at Pirelli Broadband Solutions, said: "With the arrival of faster broadband access technologies such as VDSL2 and FTTx, the metro and access networks will take the brunt of the stress. Our systems and subsystems are designed especially for optimizing the metro and access networks and providing the necessary flexibility to accommodate various network architectures."

Pirelli will also feature its latest technology for "the connected home". From the DSLAM, the signal will enter the Pirelli stand "house"
through Pirelli's VDSL2 gateway and connect to a Discus(tm) DEX W Wireless Video Extender, which will distribute the high definition signal throughout the home network. Pirelli's portfolio of wired and wireless adapters are fundamental devices linking the company's extensive offering of xDSL and fiber-based gateways, hybrid set-top boxes for IPTV and DTT, and SIP-based GSM/Wi-Fi handsets. Pirelli's
TR-069 based CPE will be managed and provisioned by the Discus(tm) Remote Management Platform.

Notes to editors
1. Pirelli's subsystems and a wide range of broadband access CPE
will be on display at the Pirelli booth - number 4028.
2. Workshop 3 - The Metro Network in the Broadband Era: Evolution
or Disruption? - will take place between 09:00-12:00 on Monday, 26 March, Chairperson: Eugenio Iannone, senior vice president, Application Engineering and Market Validation, Pirelli Labs.
3. Session C2-- A Different Perspective for the User-oriented Home
Gateway and Related Services- will take place between 15:45-17:15on Tuesday, 27 March, Chairman: Corrado Rocca, senior vice president, Product Marketing and Development - Broadband Access Products, Pirelli Broadband Solutions.
4. University Program Luncheon will take place between 12:00-14:00
on Wednesday, 28 March, Speaker: Eugenio Iannone, senior vice president, Application Engineering and Market Validation, Pirelli Labs.

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 2006, Pirelli Broadband Solutions posted sales of 129.4 million euros, with a 15.3% growth compared with the previous year. For additional information, visit www.pirelli.com.

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

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