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Amino and ReadyLinks simplify and reduce IPTV installation costs with the introduction of the SmartFoot™ HPNA V3 Adapter


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Amino and ReadyLinks simplify and reduce IPTV installation costs with the introduction of the SmartFoot™ HPNA V3 Adapter


Cambridge, UK; Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2005: Amino Communications, a leading IPTV (telco triple-play applications) equipment supplier and ReadyLinks Incorporated, a Minneapolis-based broadband solutions company, announced today that they have developed a new HPNA V3 adapter called the ReadyLinks SmartFoot™ Adapter. The adapter is directly compatible with Amino set-top box products, and uses existing coax or telephone wiring within the home to transport IPTV data - eliminating the need for rewiring costs, and enabling the easy installation of multiple set-top boxes. The adapter is manufactured by Readylinks and will be jointly marketed by Amino and Readylinks under Amino's SmartFoot™ trademark.

Eliminating the need for new wiring lowers installation time and costs for the Telcos, while increasing customer satisfaction. The ReadyLinks SmartFootTM Adapter allows any coax or telephone outlet to work with the Amino set-top box.

Using the adapter, multiple STBs can connect via existing wiring to an ADSL or fiber modem - thereby giving IPTV service providers greatly enhanced revenue opportunities through increased use of TV and video-on-demand services. For example, one end user can view a movie in the living room while another family member watches a different channel in their kitchen and a third person plays an on-demand TV game in the bedroom - all via existing coaxial cabling.

"Our customers asked for ways to lower installation costs, and increase the number of access points within the home for IPTV. Using the ReadyLinks SmartFootTM Adapter provides our customers with a modular approach to the latest in home networking technology," said Karthik Ranjan, VP Marketing at Amino Communications Ltd. "By eliminating the need for rewiring a home, our customers now have the opportunity to deploy IPTV solutions faster and more economically, and as more subscribers can access on-demand services in various rooms of the house, Telcos will see average revenue per subscriber increase dramatically. We envision this as a giant step forward toward an end-user "self-install" IP STB kit."

The ReadyLinks SmartFoot™ Adapter is a compact and elegant custom accessory, which provides a secure base while connecting power and data to the Amino set-top. This eliminates the space and extra cabling typically needed to connect a separate network adapter to the set-top.

The IPTV data is transferred over existing coax or telephone house wiring using HPNA V3 protocol. With an effective data rate of 90+Mbit/s, over 20 standard definition video streams can be carried without affecting standard RF TV or telephone service.

"The ReadyLinks SmartFootTM uses standards based advanced HPNA V3 technology to economically provide high bandwidth and Quality of Service (QOS) needed for IPTV," said Larry Synstelien, President of ReadyLinks. "The stylish ReadyLinks SmartFootTM adapter and Amino set-top box design provides a functional and elegant solution for deploying IPTV."

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About Amino
Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) is a designer and supplier of technology, 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 and Hong Kong.

About ReadyLinks
ReadyLinks Inc., a broadband solutions company, provides off-the-shelf and custom enterprise communications for high speed data, video and audio applications. The ReadyLinks custom designed systems utilize the latest wireless or wired industry standard protocols for cost savings and continuous reliable service. For more information contact ReadyLinks at 952-906-1680 or visit their Website at www.ready-links.com.

For further information please contact:
For Amino: Geoff Boyes/Jenna Keighley, EML
The Albany Boathouse, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5BB.
+44 (0)20 8408 8000, amino@eml.com
or Joanne Martin-Loat, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge. CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234 100, https://www.aminocom.com

For ReadyLinks: Larry Synstelien, President, 6595 Edenvale Boulevard, Minneapolis MN
55346. 952-906-1680, http://www.ready-links.com