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Cavalier Telephone selects Amino's AmiNET124 set-top boxes for IP Television rollout
MPEG-4 deployment for Mid Atlantic CLEC

Cambridge, UK, 31st August 2005. Amino today confirmed that Cavalier Telephone, a US CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) with 180,000 residential subscribers has chosen Amino's AmiNET124 set-top box as part of its IPTV (IP Television) services development. The AmiNET124 is Amino's first single-chip IP set-top box which supports the new MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video compression standard. The contract is part of a substantial multi-year agreement and deployment will commence in October 2005. Further details of the contract, including value and quantities, have not been disclosed.

"Cavalier has a very strong reputation for advanced telephone and broadband Internet services and we have made substantial capital investments to ensure our service infrastructure is best of class," noted Andy Lobred, VP of Marketing and Product Development. "As we continue to invest in our network to explore entry into the IPTV sector, we feel that Amino's AmiNET124 best supports the MPEG-4 compression codec. Amino's state of interoperability will best position Cavalier for a quick and seamless integration with our other partners for IPTV."

Unlike other vendors, the proprietary software stack running on the AmiNET124 allows all signal processing to take place on a single chip, thus improving performance of the product and reducing overall bill of materials (BOM). Amino also works closely with all major providers of the other elements of the IPTV system to ensure maximum compatibility with the widest range of middleware, conditional access, system integration and head-end products as possible. This broad interoperability allows more rapid time to market for IPTV service roll-outs and reassurance for Telco customers.

Roy Kirsopp, CEO, Amino Communications LLC commented, "MPEG-4 offers a huge step forward for Telcos, but the availability of suitable STBs has been the biggest barrier against deployment. The wait is now over with the launch of our AmiNET124 box in June 2005 and it is already proving extremely popular with service operators."

The AmiNET124, based on Amino's compact, award-winning styling, is easily installed by the subscriber and features a field-upgradeable software platform to support future technology enhancements without significant additional cost to the IPTV service provider. Amino's technology will be demonstrated at IBC2005, Amsterdam, from 9 to 13 September, stand #4.299.

The AmiNET124 is compatible with the ReadyLinks' SmartFoot™ Ethernet bridge, which uses existing residential coax or telephone wiring to reduce rewiring costs, and enables the easy installation of multiple set-top boxes. For more information visit www.ready-links.com

About Amino
Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) develops core software technologies and customer-premises products for the convergence between television, broadband, voice and the Internet, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems. It has recently been ranked top set-top vendor by research firm, ABI Research.

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.

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

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

About Cavalier Telephone
Cavalier Telephone is a facilities-based, full-service local telephone company (CLEC) offering the latest in advanced telecommunications products, including advanced telephone features and high-speed Internet access for business and residential customers. Cavalier Telephone now services approximately 35,000 businesses and 180,000 residential customers in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

For additional information regarding Cavalier Telephone, visit the company's website at www.cavtel.com