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Conax Debuts Advanced Modular Conditional Access System

CAS7 to be introduced at Las Vegas NAB show (March 17, 2005)

Conax AS, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art, highly innovative solutions for Smart Card-based Conditional Access (CA) systems and security and payment solutions for the digital broadcast industry, will be introducing Conax CAS7 this April in North America at the Las Vegas National Association of Broadcasters show.

Built on Conax’s strong security technology platform, the modular Conax CAS7 solution represents a milestone in its CA-system evolution. It allows a digital TV operator to start with a basic system supporting pay-TV and then include additional components to support more complex operations and business models. Conax CAS7 requires minimal upfront investment for installation of the full system (Conax CAS7 Core plus all modules) or partial system with certain key modules.

“We call the new Conax CAS7 modular system the best CA system ever,” said Ernst Thue, Conax CEO. “It is open and interoperable and features freedom of choice in technology with a fair and non-discriminating STB licensing policy. With its mature and proven technology, long experience with Smart Cards and very strong anti–piracy record, Conax CAS7 is a highly scalable system. Thue said that Conax CAS7’s new functionality exceeds most other existing systems and includes:

* Mobile server
* Voucher server
* OpenCable CableCARD
* Virtual VOD
* Data playout manager

Conax CAS7 also offers five major improvements from the previously introduced Conax CAS5 offering. These include an EPG manager, Management GUI, token-based pay per view, personal video recorder, BMS basic subscriber management system and multi descrambling.

Other Conax benefits include:
* Increased revenue per unit (ARPU)
* Reduced cost of operation
* A highly competitive environment gives lower investments
* Fully automatic, does not require an ordering centre (enhanced call centre)
* Full flexibility with any STB, also a low cost “Zapper” STBs
* Reduced churn
* The consumers get a richer selection of content that is easier to order
* CAStream IP Encryptor
* NVOD, VOD, VVOD, Events etc.
* Ordered by mobile phone SMS, by vouchers, by credit card

Conax will be exhibiting for the fourth time at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas this April (NAB Booth No. SU9646), where it will be demonstrating Conax CAS7 to the digital broadcast industry.

About Conax
Conax has headquarters in Oslo, Norway, with subsidiaries in San Diego and India and sales and support offices in Toronto, Singapore, China, Korea, Pakistan, Brazil and Germany. A globally oriented player, Conax maintains a solid client base in 50 countries, being the fastest growing CA-vendor for the past three years.

Conax is a subsidiary of the broadcast operation of Norway’s Telenor with Corporate Revenues in 2004 of €7.4 Billion. Telenor Broadcast provides TV/Cable/Satellite services, technology and systems globally. Telenor Broadcast is the largest provider of TV services to the residential market in the Nordic region, both via cable and satellite. It operates the Norwegian terrestrial network for radio and TV broadcasting and is the leading provider of satellite transmission to the Nordic region via three geostationary satellites.

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