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Amino selected for Central America's first IPTV service

First deployment of Amino's award-winning AmiNET125 STB in Latin America

Cambridge, UK, 6 December 2007: Amino, the world leading IPTV platform supplier, today announced that Panama's CTV Telecom has selected the AmiNET125 multi-codec Set-Top-Box (STB) for Central America's first IPTV service. The AmiNET125 platform is specifically designed to help operators in emerging markets to introduce IPTV services with a flexible and cost effective approach. The AmiNET125 can also be used in European and North American markets for standard definition TV sets.

CTV has a purpose built high-speed 100% fibre optic network in the capital, Panama City, exclusively to deliver the new IPTV service. CTV offers subscribers pure IPTV services including telephone, broadband internet and television, with a choice of over 100 broadcast, music and on demand channels. An initial order for a substantial volume of AmiNET125 STBs has been placed. Further orders are expected as the delivery area extends to the rest of the country.

Juan McKenzie, director at CTV Telecom comments: "Amino is a valued partner and has gone far beyond just selling us a STB. Throughout the deployment we've benefited from Amino's vast IPTV knowledge and experience which has helped us to develop the business and avoid common pitfalls. The unrivalled interoperability of Amino technology has also enabled a quick and seamless integration with our other IPTV partners."

The AmiNET125 combines proven hardware and software architectures with the latest processor and peripheral components, to achieve the best combination of reliability, performance and cost. It combines the best features from Amino's previous standard definition products but adds USB 2.0 and a programmable multi-codec DSP capable of MPEG-2, H.264 and WMV9. Utilising a new System-On-Chip (SOC) solution, the AmiNET125 also combines a powerful CPU and advanced, programmable DSP in a cost effective single package, which can be field-upgraded to support the addition of new services and codecs, helping increase average revenue per user (ARPU).

"This deployment brings IPTV to a previously untapped market and demonstrates Amino's dedication to driving the geographic spread of IPTV technology to new areas," said Sandra Conejos, Director of Sales - East Coast & Latin America for Amino. "The AmiNET125 focuses on the core requirements of cost sensitive markets in the developing world to produce a lower cost, flexible multi-codec platform supporting advanced IPTV services. Through this technology consumers in Panama will soon be enjoying innovative IPTV offerings for the first time."

The AmiNET125 recently won the prestigious CSI Product of the Year Award in the category "Best IPTV technology", ahead of the Microsoft® Xbox360® solution for IPTV. The CSI award was the third international accolade given to Amino's multi-codec range of STBs in the last 2 years.

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About Amino Communications

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) supplies the AmiNET™ series of set-top boxes (STBs), renowned for their low-cost and reliability. The AmiNET range materially reduces service operators' capital expenditure, whilst offering the full range of specification required; MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoding standards, standard and high definition TV, personal video recording and home networking. The high performance coupled with the innovative design of Amino's set-top boxes, has brought the series industry accolades and the company a leading position within the IPTV market.

The AmiNET series of IPTV STBs has been used in commercial deployments and trials in over 80 countries worldwide. Amino's principal customers are telecommunications, broadcast and hospitality service operators. Generally, AmiNET products are supplied with the IntAct™ IPTV software stack pre-loaded.

Amino Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies PLC. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino's HQ is based near Cambridge, UK, with offices worldwide.

PR contacts for Amino in the UK:

Rachel Hodgson, Lewis PR
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RS, UK
T: +44 (0) 20 7802 2626

Antonio Gimeno, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB24 4UQ.
T: +44 (0) 1954 234 100

PR contacts for Amino in the US:

Megan Grenter, LEWIS PR
1725 I Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
T: +1 202 349 3775

About CTV Telecom

CTV Telecom, S.A. is a Panamanian company, structured to offer fully interactive television services, broadband Internet, telephony and a series of next generation value added services. The company has constructed a fibre network which guarantees high reliability and quality of service. CTV Telecom, S.A. initiated IPTV operations this year in the city of Panama.

CTV Telecom, S.A.
PO BOX 4544
Tower Dresdner, Floor #12,
República de Panamá
Email: jmckenzie@ctv-telecom.bz
Phone: +507 269-6570
Fax: +507 269-6986