Thomson Lands Million-Modem Deal


Thomson Multimedia is speeding into 2002 with a deal to supply up to 1
million cable modems to AT&T Broadband during the next two years.

Thomson will initially provide AT&T Broadband with its 'DCM 245' cable
modem, which offers universal-serial-bus and Ethernet connections; quick
installation features; built-in advanced diagnostics; a data on/off button for
better security; support for up to 32 PCs; and home-networking capabilities.

The software-upgradable modem is Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification 1.0-certified and DOCSIS 1.1-compliant. Thomson has submitted the
modem to Cable Television Laboratories Inc. for the current DOCSIS
1.1-certification round.

Company officials also don't think the looming merger between AT&T
Broadband and Comcast Corp. will have an impact on the two-year deal.

The first Thomson modems will start shipping to AT&T in short order,
according to a company spokesman.

'We have established a strong relationship with Thomson as one of our leading
high-speed cable Internet-modem suppliers,' said Susan Marshall, AT&T
Broadband's senior vice president for advanced broadband services, in a

'RCA digital-cable modems are recognized for solid performance and reliable
diagnostic capabilities and remain a good choice for our operating systems,' she

The AT&T Broadband agreement is the second major deal in two weeks for
Thomson, which has already provided more than 2 million cable modems

Last week, the company announced that it would provide digital set-top boxes
to EchoStar Communications Corp.