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Amino selected for first HD IPTV deployment in USA
SureWest to be first to market using AmiNET120 for MPEG-2 HDTV service

Ref: EMQ1314

Cambridge, UK, 7th November 2005: Amino today announced that it has enabled leading independent telecommunications holding company SureWest Communications (NASDAQ: SURW) as it prepares to become the first US broadband service provider to offer high-definition (HD) television services over IP. Through its current beta testing phase, SureWest has already rolled out Amino's AmiNET120 HD set-top box to a core group of subscribers in the Sacramento, California region. With the first high-definition IPTV roll-out of its kind in the USA, SureWest customers will be able to enjoy the same live sports, Hollywood Films, and other high-definition content with the added benefits of IPTV.

"Many cable companies have begun to deploy HD services in an effort to attract more subscribers," commented Bill DeMuth, SureWest's vice president and chief technology officer. ~Therefore, time to market was a critical factor for us in selecting the AmiNET120, in addition to fundamental quality."

The SureWest fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure in the Sacramento region supplies more than enough bandwidth to allow its standard-definition (SD) IPTV subscribers to receive full HD services.

The AmiNET120 unit is based on the award-winning AmiNET103 design and has the same dimensions as the AmiNET110, which is currently deployed with SureWest subscribers. "The design of the set-top box was important to us," explained DeMuth. "Customers appreciate modern-looking equipment that performs at high levels and doesn't take up much space. The AmiNET120 is the smallest high-definition set-top box we evaluated offering advanced functionality and high-performance."

Rick Sailor, VP Sales - Americas for Amino noted, "HDTV has been accepted as the next evolutionary stage for television and manufacturers are already making HD-ready equipment available to consumers for their homes. Consumers are therefore demanding HD services from their Pay-TV operators to justify their hardware investment. SureWest has been very quick to respond to this increasing consumer demand and provide advanced, interactive HD IPTV services over its existing fibre network."

Amino's technology will be demonstrated at TelcoTV 2005, San Diego - USA, from 9 to 10 November, stand #628.

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About Amino

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) develops core software technologies and customer-premises products for the IPTV market, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems.

Amino software is designed to manage all types of digital content, enabling the provision of multiple services such as voice, data, broadcast TV, and on-demand services in a single consumer device. We also develop and supply the AmiNET family of digital set-top boxes, based on our software technology, which have been adopted by telecom service providers for broadband TV deployments worldwide. Building further on our core software, we also develop digital, on-demand TV systems specifically for the hotel and leisure industry.

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 SureWest

With more than 90 years in Northern California, SureWest and its family of companies together provide a wide variety of highly reliable advanced communications products and services. SureWest provides digital TV, fiber optics, PCS wireless, DSL, high-speed Internet access, data transport, local and long distance telephone service, and directories with the highest standards of customer care. For more information, visit the SureWest web site at www.surewest.com.

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

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