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Iskratel strengthens Amino's IPTV presence in Central and Eastern Europe

Cambridge, UK, 11th October 2004: Set-top box vendor Amino Communications has strengthened its presence in Eastern and Central Europe via a partnership with Slovenia-based value-added reseller Iskratel. The Iskratel partnership will facilitate wider and faster availability of Amino's range of low-cost IP Television (IPTV) set-top boxes in the region and enhance systems support for local ISP and Telco customers.

The move reinforces Amino's commitment to consolidate its presence in Eastern Europe and follows a recent major contract with Slovenia's leading ISP, SiOL, to supply the set-top boxes for its new IPTV service. Central and Eastern Europe is an attractive market for IPTV given the relatively new telecoms infrastructure and availability of broadband networks.

IPTV enables interactive TV services and video-on-demand (VoD) movies to be delivered over broadband telephone networks. Amino's low-cost, highly integrated set-top boxes allow subscribers to watch digital-quality television and access a wider selection of movies than previously available, all with full interactivity.

Iskratel is a leading developer of integrated communications solutions specialising in fixed and mobile telephony, and next-generation networks. Its largest presence is in the CIS markets and home market of Slovenia but the company also has outlet channels in Germany, the Balkans and other Eastern European markets.

Under the terms of the agreement, Iskratel will act as a distributor for set-top boxes, reducing delivery times, and enhancing customer support throughout Eastern Europe. In addition, Iskratel will also seek to integrate the Amino products into other solutions provided by the company.

"Products such as the AmiNET110 set-top box will enable Iskratel to offer service providers a cost-effective way of delivering more channels, on-demand services, internet and e-commerce to customers," said Mitja Jelnikar, sales director, at Iskratel. "Soon, many more homes and institutions will benefit from enhanced multimedia technology."

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Please contact EML for a briefing with Amino at IBC or via telephone. A high resolution photograph can be downloaded from http://www.eml.com/images/pem4090.jpg.

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.

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, http://www.eml.com/

Amino Communications, Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234100, https://www.aminocom.com

EMB2528 - 11/11/04