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Pace Reaches Three Million Home Gateways with Integrated Cable Modems Shipped

3 December 2002

Another Industry Milestone for Pace

Pace Micro Technology today announced it has reached another significant industry milestone having shipped three million digital cable home gateways (set-top boxes) with integrated cable modems for cable operators worldwide. Pace was the first home gateway developer in the world to deploy gateways with integrated DOCSIS cable modems in volume and has shipped the most. Pace has deployed home gateways with both DOCSIS (Data-Over-Cable-Service Interface Specification), EuroDOCSIS and DAVIC (Digital Audi-Visual Council) standard transport mechanisms.

Pace launched the world’s first gateway with an integrated DOCSIS cable modem in June 1999 to then Cable & Wireless Communications in the UK. This deployment signalled a new technological era of integrating digital cable television and interactive services.

"Integrating a cable modem into a home gateway greatly increases a cable operator’s ability to manage a wide range of two-way, interactive applications," said Malcolm Taylor, president, EuroDOCSIS Certification Board. Converging the delivery of video and data services like this also reduces capital and operations costs," he added.

"Pace has a history of leading the industry with technological firsts. Reaching a milestone in home gateways with integrated cable modems is one example of that pioneering leadership," said Tim Fern, chief technology officer, Pace Micro Technology. A home gateway with an integrated cable modem enables cable operators to offer customers advanced digital television services such as video-on-demand (VOD), as well as high-speed Internet access for e-mail, home shopping, home travel, and on-line games - all from one digital home gateway.

Pace has deployed home gateways with integrated cable modems throughout the world for NTL, Telewest, and Omne in the U.K; Optus in Australia; ONO in Spain; and Time Warner Cable in the U.S. Pace expects to launch integrated DOCSIS gateways in the U.S. for Comcast in the near term as well.

About Pace Micro Technology

Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leader in digital television technology. The Company's primary focus is the development of innovative home gateway (set-top box) solutions for operators, broadcasters, telecommunications companies and retail markets worldwide. In addition, Pace develops edge of network devices for service providers, in particular digital IP gateways for low-cost integrated voice and data services.

Pace's head office is in Shipley West Yorkshire, with further offices in Bracknell, Cambridge, the USA, France and Hong Kong.

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