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Telbo selects Amino to Deploy Caribbean's First Telco IPTV Service

Amino's award-winning AmiNET125 Set-Top Box brings advanced digital offerings to customers on island of Bonaire

Cambridge, UK - March 10, 2008 - Amino, the world leading IPTV platform supplier, today announced that Telefonia Bonairiano NV ("Telbo"), the Dutch Caribbean's telecommunications company, has selected the AmiNET125 multi-codec Set-Top-Box (STB) to power "mitv", the first IPTV service in the Caribbean island of Bonaire over ADSL2+ network. This innovative IPTV service was developed by Telbo N.V., Savant Communications N.V. and Manycast Consultancy Inc. and is considered to be the showcase model for the Telbo partner telecom companies, covering an additional 24 countries.

The AmiNET125 deployment offers Telbo the opportunity to provide subscribers an enhanced IPTV platform, which goes beyond traditional triple-play services. The AmiNET125 platform is specifically designed to help operators in emerging markets introduce IPTV services with a flexible and cost effective approach.

Telbo's "mitv" service, an integral part of its triple play (video, voice and data) offering and a first for the Caribbean region, consists of a Basic Package of around 40 channels including HBO, Discovery and FOX. As another first in the Dutch Caribbean, Telbo will offer the Dutch Public Channels (Nederland 1, 2 and 3), which will be inserted into the headend via optical submarine cables. Telbo also offers an Extended Basic Package and packages serving specific customer needs (International, Sports, Action, unique Adult content offered on PPV and VoD and 3 premium movie oriented packages).

"We wanted to expand our basic platform and offer more value to our customers. With Amino's proven performance in other markets similar to ours, the AmiNET125 was an obvious choice for us," said Edsel Winklaar, Managing Director of Telbo "We hope to repeat the success of this initial deployment in other islands in the region," he added.

The AmiNET125 combines proven hardware and software architectures with the latest processor and peripheral components, to achieve the best results in terms of reliability, performance and cost. It includes 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. With a System-On-Chip (SOC) solution, the AmiNET125 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).

"Our long-standing relationship with Power and Telephone, combined with the cost-effective, cutting-edge features of the AmiNET125, has allowed Amino to bring advanced IPTV services to new markets," noted Sandra Conejos, Director of Sales - East Coast & Latin America for Amino. "This is a significant deployment for us as we continue to create new opportunities for customers in developing regions, allowing them to experience the freedom and flexibility offered by IPTV technology."

The AmiNET125 won the prestigious CSI Product of the Year 2007 Award in the category "Best IPTV technology". 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 Telefonia Bonairiano

Telefonia Bonairiano was established on March 23, 1983 as the only local company offering telecommunication services for the local market on Bonaire. Always seeking new innovative services that add value to its clients' lives, Telbo has evolved from being a local telephony operator, to now offer ADSL2+ based IPTV and Internet access services, as well as the full spectrum of telephony services.

Savant Communications N.V. is a Caribbean based technology and project management consulting firm which focuses on the design, development, and implementation of telecommunications network infrastructure and IP-based value-add services, for traditional and next generation carriers in the Caribbean and Latin American markets.

Manycast Consultancy Inc. is a leading provider of content, strategy and marketing consultancy services in the Caribbean and South/Central America. Whether clients want to acquire, manage or deliver the best possible content to their customers, or find new ways to take a service to market, Manycast Consultancy can offer powerful strategic solutions. It has successfully launched content and delivered strategies to cable operators, telecom operators and ISP's internationally.

About Amino Communications

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) supplies the AmiNETTM 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
aminouk@lewispr.com

Antonio Gimeno, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB24 4UQ.
T: +44 (0) 1954 234 100
agimeno@aminocom.com
https://www.aminocom.com

PR contact for Amino in the US:
Megan Grenter, LEWIS PR
1725 I Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
T: +1 202 349 3775
aminous@lewispr.com