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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, 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 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 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 and/or Open Cable industry standards, including Harmonic's TRANsend digital platform, Mentor Data System's (www.mentor.com.tw) set-top-boxes and NagraVision's (www.nagra.com) conditional access systems.

About ACOM

ACOM is a broadband fixed wireless operator that holds broadband frequencies in 40 cities in Brazil. ACOM is offering to the residential and corporate markets high-speed Internet 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 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 9001-certified and its stock is traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol "HLIT." For more information, check the company`s website at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, 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 and 10-Q.

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