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OKI and Changzhou CATV Start Field Trial with Separate type CA Card and Set Top Box

Hong Kong, -- Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., and Changzhou Broadcast & television information network Co., Ltd., a leading cable TV company promoting digital TV broadcasting, today announced that they have started a field trial with separate-type CA (conditional access) card and set top box (STB) in China. The test started from mid November, will continue until mid December and will attempt to validate the functionality, performance and quality of the CA cards. Taking the results from this test, OKI will enhance the functions such as security for the CA cards.

China is planning to shift to digital broadcasting by 2015. Changhzou City was appointed by the State Administration of Radio Film and Television and is one of the first cities in China to conduct trial provisioning of 33 cable digital TV broadcasting. Changzhou CATV currently builds optical fiber network for HFC, ATM, GE networks.

"OKI has been contributing to the development of our city since 1997, and has been expanding its business in Changzhou City. We will work with OKI, who has advanced technologies, to contribute in a smooth shift to digital broadcasting by using separate-type CA cards and STBs ahead of other operators," said Zhang Bing, Board Chairman and Director at Changzhou Broadcast & television information network Co., Ltd. "China currently has approximately 400 million TVs, and Changzhou City plans to shift two million TVs to digital by 2010. With the separate-type CA card and STBs, an STB can be a unified design no matter who the cable TV operator is as it can process the difference between the STB and CA, used by each CATV operators. And we believe this will help enable a smooth transition to broadcast digitalization."

To watch digital broadcasting, viewers currently must have an STB, which comes in two types. One is with a built-in CA system, and the other is with a separate CA card, which requires users to insert the card in the STB to view pay-TV and protect program copyrights. OKI's separate-type CA card includes OKI's original hacking measurement functions. While many people in China use the built-in CA card for STBs, by separating the card, viewers can easily access various CATV operators simply by changing the card. Thus, there is no need to change STB designs, and STB vendors can reduce the STB cost through volume production. Digital broadcasting viewers can also purchase an STB at a lower price, which will contribute to the growth of digital broadcasting in China.

"We are very pleased to work with Changzhou CATV, who is playIng an important role in the digitalization of TV broadcasting in China. We believe our separate CA card with its advanced technologies will contribute to the development of China's digital broadcasting," said Harushige Sugimoto, General Manager of China Business Promotion Division and Senior Vice President at Oki Electric Industry. "Based on the result of this test, we will work on the enhancement of the separate-type CA cards by applying our wide range of technologies in semiconductors to info-telecom system equipment, and in this way provide products that will enrich people's lives in China"
About Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.

Founded in 1881, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. is Japan's first telecommunications manufacturer, with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. OKI provides top-quality products, technologies and solutions to its customers through its info-telecom system business, semiconductor business and printer business. All three businesses function as a collective force to create exciting new products and technologies that satisfy a spectrum of customer needs in various markets. Visit OKI's global web site at
About Changzhou Broadcast & television information network Co., Ltd.

Considered a leading cable TV company in promoting digital TV broadcasting in China, Changzhou CATV was established in 1999, and currently has 518 employees. Located in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, Changzhou CATV was authorized as one of the leading organizations for broadcasting technologies from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in 2004.

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