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ACOM Selects Harmonic for Major Launch of Digital Television Service in Brazil.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 25, 2000

Harmonic enables innovative broadband fixed wireless operator to quickly come to market with standards-based digital service Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) today announced that its TRANsend digital platform has been deployed by ACOM (language) ACOM - An early system on the IBM 705.

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, Brazil's first digital broadband fixed wireless operator, for its wide-scale rollout of digital television service in Brazil.

The service was successfully launched in three major cities in March of 2000. Several additional implementations are planned during the course of this year. By providing ACOM with a flexible and technically sophisticated platform for delivering advanced digital service, Harmonic has enabled this innovative operator to quickly respond to market demand. Specifically, TRANsend provides ACOM the flexibility to customize its digital service offering as well as to deploy standards-based conditional access Conditional Access (acronymized CA) is the protection of content by requiring certain criteria to be met before granting access to this content. The term is commonly used in relation to digital television systems, most notably satellite television.  and set-top-boxes.

"Harmonic and ACOM have worked together to define and implement the optimal broadband architecture for our access network," said Paulo Areas, ACOM's President. "Harmonic's digital platform positions ACOM for today's and tomorrow's business opportunities. Today, we are providing our customers the immediate benefit of superior digital television service. Tomorrow, we can quickly migrate the capabilities of the same Harmonic platform to provide an interactive digital service offering. As a result, we are able to maximize the value of ACOM's investment in the communications infrastructure we are building."

"ACOM is clearly an operator with a vision," said Kirk Flatow, Harmonic's Vice President of Sales. "ACOM is turning its vision into a reality with an aggressive implementation plan. We are excited to be facilitating ACOM's business objectives by helping them to quickly capitalize on Cap´i`tal`ize on`   

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 new market opportunities."

Flexibility is a key benefit of Harmonic's TRANsend digital broadband platform. TRANsend allows ACOM to receive satellite feeds at each of its sites, create a customized program lineup, and then distribute this customized content to ACOM subscribers over its broadband fixed wireless network.

"We performed an extensive evaluation of digital broadband delivery systems available today, and Harmonic offers us a set of superior, cost-effective solutions," said Luis Fernando Martins, ACOM's Chief Technical Officer. "The TRANsend platform is extremely compact and provides an ease of configurability and remote access that makes it ideal for our immediate needs of transmitting 56 digital services. In addition, TRANsend's open architecture ensures that the implementation of new applications will be accomplished with minimal reconfiguration, thereby accelerating our time to market for new services."

All platforms selected by ACOM are compliant with DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) An international digital television (DTV) standard that is the European and Far Eastern counterpart of the North American ATSC standard.  and/or Open Cable industry standards, including Harmonic's TRANsend digital platform, Mentor Data System's ( set-top-boxes and NagraVision's ( conditional access systems A conditional access system (CAS) is a system by which electronic transmission of digital media, especially satellite television signals through cable, is limited to subscribed clients. This is called conditional access. .

About ACOM

ACOM is a broadband fixed wireless operator that holds broadband frequencies in 40 cities in Brazil This article is about the municipalities of Brazil. The States of Brazil are divided into many municipalities. At present, Brazil has 5560 municipalities. The municipalities are linked below, by state.

Note: state capitals are now listed within the respective state.
. ACOM is offering to the residential and corporate markets high-speed Internet See broadband.  access, digital pay-TV and voice services.

About Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic designs, manufactures and markets digital and fiber optic systems that deliver video, voice and data over cable, satellite, telco and wireless networks. These advanced solutions enable cable television and other network operators to provide a range of interactive broadband services See broadband and broadband service provider.  that include high-speed Internet access, telephony and video-on-demand.

Harmonic is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., where it also operates an R&D center and a manufacturing facility, and has a sales and support center in the U.K. The company also operates its Harmonic Data Systems subsidiary and an R&D center in Israel. In addition, the company maintains several sales and support centers worldwide. Harmonic is ISO (1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
 9001-certified and its stock is traded on the Nasdaq stock market Nasdaq stock market

The first electronic stock market listing over 5000 companies. The Nasdaq stock market comprises two separate markets, namely the Nasdaq National Market, which trades large, active securities and the Nasdaq Smallcap Market that trades emerging growth companies.
 under the symbol "HLIT." For more information, check the company`s website at

This press release contains forward-looking statements forward-looking statement

A projected financial statement based on management expectations. A forward-looking statement involves risks with regard to the accuracy of assumptions underlying the projections.
, including, but not limited to, ACOM's planned implementations, and TRANsend's ability to allow ACOM to customize its service offerings, to accelerate the introduction of new services and maximize the value of its investment, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The implementation of ACOM's rollout of digital service in Brazil is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Harmonic. In addition, actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of the risk factors set forth in documents that Harmonic files with the SEC, specifically reports on Form 10-K Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.

Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 and 10-Q.

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