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Telephony and interactive video networks with ALCATEL

ATLINKS, a joint venture company between ALCATEL and Thomson multimedia, has been official since January 2000.

ATLINKS is the world leader in residential telephony and Internet terminals with 27 million units sold worldwide in 2000. In addition to residential telephony products, ATLINKS offers a full line of devices linked to the Internet such as e-mail terminals and Internet screenphones with the Web Touch range. The expertise of Thomson multimedia and ALCATEL in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology will enable ATLINKS to offer ultimate and competitive solutions in the new market of digital home communications. ATLINKS will use its expertise in Internet terminals to prepare the "digital home" of tomorrow. The company has 1,200 full-time employees, of which 350 work in Research and Development, in 8 international locations: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain and USA.

In June 2000, Thomson multimedia and ALCATEL reinforced their partnership by announcing the creation of Nextream, a new joint venture aiming to regroup the activities of both companies in MPEG network products, multimedia head-ends and HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) solutions for cable TV networks. The new company is the leader in the European market for digital interactive video networks and intends to pursue an aggressive development strategy in the U.S.

Nextream has at its disposal a portfolio of clients which include the largest telecommunications companies, new multi-service cable operators and main broadcasters.


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