Sunday, February 26, 2006

TBM (Thales now under Thomson) in Russia JV to digitalise RTRN

February 14

Thomson France unit, TBM and AAT (Almaz Antey Telecommunications) are together in a JV to upgrade Russian state-owned RTRN corporation's transmitter network to carry digital Radio and TV.

Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) said that under the agreement, RTRN will use equipment manufactured by the joint venture formed by the former Thales Broadcast & Multimedia business (TBM) and the Russian company AAT (Almaz Antey Telecommunications).

TBM became part of the Grass Valley business within Thomson in January 2006.

AAT is a Russian company with general skills in research and production in the professional electronics area and also has specialized expertise in the installation of low-power TV and radio transmitters.

The JV between TBM (49 per cent) and AAT (51 per cent) is to renovate and digitize television and radio networks throughout the Russian Federation, and to bring them into compliance with EBU standards for DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting)and DBM (Digital Radio Mondiale).

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