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Amino selected for Oklahoma digital television service
Pioneer Telephone selects Amino set-top box for IPTV deployment

Cambridge, UK, 24 August 2004: Amino Communications today confirmed that Pioneer Telephone, the third-largest US telephone cooperative, has selected Amino's AmiNET110 set-top box for its deployment of Internet protocol TV (IPTV) across 30,000 subscribers in Oklahoma. Customer trials of Pioneer's tripleplay package commenced in four communities on 1st July and will start rolling out to a further ten areas in October 2004. The service offers fully interactive digital television, telephone and high-speed Internet access through Pioneer’s existing broadband network.

"We have been looking at IPTV for some time with a view to expanding our customer offering," commented Scott Ulsaker, Video Product Manager, Pioneer Telephone. "Once we had invested in the digital headend, we needed a set-top box which could integrate with the system. We tested a number of set-top boxes and were impressed by the level of interoperability of Amino’s product. We were also pleased with its small size and the level of support we received from Amino's technical team."

Pioneer Telephone's video package will include up to 164 channels with video-on-demand (VOD) services planned for late October. Digital TV provision will ultimately be available via 74 of the 76 Pioneer telephone exchanges across Oklahoma. "We're also looking forward to the launch of the AmiNET500 set-top box," noted Ulsaker, "as its personal video recorder functionality will appeal to many of our customers, faced with such a wide choice of channels and services,"

"IPTV is a popular choice for telcos who wish to continue to grow their businesses and respond to the increasing customer demands for high-speed broadband Internet and digital television services," explained Bob Giddy, CEO of Amino. "Provision of such services represents a significant investment for these companies. We developed the AmiNET110 purely for IPTV, giving it the highest compatibility to ensure a straight-forward deployment, as well as making it the smallest and lowest-cost IP set-top box available."

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About Amino
Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) is a designer and supplier of electronic systems and consultancy, specialising in products for digital broadcast and on-demand TV, IPTV (telco triple-play applications), and in-home multimedia distribution.

The Amino range of small, low cost, high functionality set-top boxes and gateway products is designed for consumer applications in telecom, satellite and digital terrestrial broadcast markets, as well as on-demand systems for hotels and hospitality markets, healthcare, retail and education. Amino also provides systems consultancy, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems.

Amino Communications is part of Amino Technologies PLC. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino is based near Cambridge, UK, and has offices in Atlanta Georgia.

About Pioneer Telephone

Pioneer Telephone is a multi-service communications company with more than 140,000 customers/members in 30 Oklahoma counties. Serving customers since 1953, Pioneer is one of the largest telephone cooperatives in the United States. Pioneer provides an array of communications products and services, including Digital TV, Pioneer/Enid Cellular, DSL, Pioneer Long Distance, Internet, Paging, Security Systems, Key System Sales/Maintenance and Directory Advertisement. More information is available at, www.ptci.com.

For further information please contact:
Geoff Boyes/Jenna Keighley, EML
The Albany Boathouse, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5BB.
+44 (0)20 8408 8000, amino@eml.com

Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234 100, https://www.aminocom.com