ANT Fresco Powers Alcatel's Integrated STB Client for Broadband Services

4/16/2004 - ANT Limited announced that Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) has licensed the ANT Fresco® browser for integration into the Alcatel 5950 Open Media Platform (OMP), the customer-facing component of the Open Media Suite. This will enable Alcatel to offer a pre-integrated set-top-box (STB) client to the TV-over-IP market. With ANT Fresco, Alcatel’s middleware platform will give STB providers access to a ready-integrated, proven and compact solution that will help them to get to market quicker and with lower development costs. ANT Limited is the partner of choice to consumer electronics manufacturers, STB providers and silicon designers worldwide, for TV-interface software, content-rendering solutions, and embedded browser technologies.

Alcatel's 5950 Open Media Platform is designed to enable telecommunication service providers to offer compelling broadband services to residential-TV users. A major part of Alcatel's strategy is to address the mass market in order to allow providers to reach critical mass rapidly. The pre-integrated solution is very economical in its use of resources, offering a quick and low-cost route for the development of STBs.

“ANT’s experience in supplying browsers to the TV market provides the kind of synergy Alcatel requires to further expand its industry-leading middleware solution for IP Video and Triple Play,” said Alan Mottram, President of Alcatel’s fixed solutions activities.

“ANT is delighted that our long-standing relationship with Alcatel continues to go from strength to strength,” said Stephen Reeder, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for ANT. “The quality and performance of their OMP middleware is proving very popular with the world’s leading IPTV providers, and our browser technology is a perfect complement, giving service operators complete control over the presentation and user interface control elements of their service.”

ANT Fresco is an embedded browser specifically developed for the user interface and content- rendering requirements of set-top-boxes, TVs, personal video recorders (PVRs) and other consumer electronics devices. The Alcatel 5950 Open Media Platform is a middleware platform that enables broadband service providers to create, deliver and manage a full range of multimedia entertainment services.

About ANT Limited
ANT Limited ( is a leading provider of browser-based content rendering solutions for TV, DVD and other consumer electronic devices. ANT’s solution includes a browser, software architecture and user interface toolkit that enable OEMs, service providers and network operators to provide highly compelling interactive content and services to the consumer. ANT’s software can be integrated quickly into any platform and operating system, and has been implemented into a wide range of interactive TV and digital entertainment devices around the world. Current customers include Pace Micro Technology, Thomson multimedia, Philips Semiconductor, Amino, HUMAX and Sagem. Web:

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