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Conax Opens Subsidiary In San Diego

Names Jørgen K H Bertheau as Vice President, Americas Sales (February 21, 2005)

Conax AS, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art, highly innovative solutions for Smart Card based Conditional Access Systems (CAS) and Security and Payment solutions for the digital broadcast industry, has named Jørgen K H Bertheau, Vice President, Americas Sales. Effective immediately, Bertheau will direct a new Conax subsidiary in San Diego and will be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts in North America.

"Jørgen K H Bertheau has a long history in Conax, being one of the pioneers in the company. Through the past eight years, he has been working with sales and marketing of Conax in new markets. Conax is now strengthening its focus on North America by opening a subsidiary in San Diego, and we expect him to spearhead a major expansion in this market," said Ernst Thue, Conax CEO. "Conax already has significant presence in North America with a full implementation at WOW in Bermuda and with ATCi and PIT in continental US."

Conax will also be exhibiting for the fourth time at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas this May (NAB Booth No. SU9694), where it will be demonstrating its' modular Conax CAS7 to the digital broadcast industry. Conax CAS7 is a stand-alone CA solution that can also complement existing CA systems with additional functionality. With a strong anti-piracy record, Conax's mature and future proven technology is cost-effective, requiring minimal upfront investment for installation of the full system (Conax CAS7 Core plus all modules).

This modular system allows a broadcaster or content provider to start with a basic system supporting pay-TV, and then add additional components to support more complex operations and business models. Among these components are a Mobile Ordering and Payment Server, Virtual Video on Demand (VVOD), Voucher Server and CAStream IP Encryptor.

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" STB's
* Reduced churn
* The consumers get a richer selection of content that is easier to order and more flexible
* NVOD, VOD, VVOD, Events etc.
* Ordered by mobile phone, by vouchers, by credit card

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 2003 of 6.4 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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