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DASSAULT A.T. and Cisco Team Up to Provide Internet Access and Telephony Solutions for Cable Systems

Dassault A.T. Announces the New Cable Modem Product Line
Nov 30, 1998

Dassault A.T. Announces the New Cable Modem Product Line Based on Cisco NetWorks Technology

Monday, November 30, 1998 -- DASSAULT A.T. (a subsidiary of DASSAULT ELECTRONIQUE, THOMSON-CSF Group), and Cisco Systems, Inc. announced today an agreement to develop next-generation cable modems designed to deliver high-speed Internet access and telephony services operating on modern Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) cable systems.

Under the terms of the agreement, DASSAULT A.T. will license Cisco NetWorks Internet technologies to provide high-speed Internet Protocol (IP)-based communication functionality for DASSAULT A.T.'s new line of cable modems that are targeted at the consumer and home office markets. The first two products in this line will be WebC@ble Data, which delivers high-speed Internet access for personal computers, and WebC@ble Voice/Data which will support two telephone lines in addition to high-speed Internet access.

DASSAULT A.T.'s next-generation of cable modems will be Data-over-Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS)/International Telecommunications Union (ITU) J.112-compliant. Initially proposed by major cable operators in the US, the DOCSIS/ITU J.112 specification has been adopted worldwide for telephony-over-cable, HFC infrastructures, and enables interoperability with compliant networks.

"Based on this agreement with Cisco, DASSAULT A.T. will rapidly integrate value-added telephony and data services into its cable modem solutions to benefit residential Internet users and telecommuters. By integrating these key services, DASSAULT A.T. is taking a leadership role in the European market, " said Jean-Paul Vautrey, chairman and chief executive officer of DASSAULT A.T.

"This relationship with DASSAULT A.T. represents Cisco's commitment to the development and deployment of cable Internet solutions that support new multiservice offerings to consumers worldwide," said Charlie Giancarlo, senior vice president of Cisco's Global Alliances. "By combining DASSAULT A.T.'s modems with Cisco's Universal Broadband Routers, cable operators will be able to deliver reliable, high-speed Internet services and IP telephony solutions to their customers."


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New cable modem product line WebC@ble by DASSAULT A.T. More information

WebC@ble, the new cable modem product line developed by DASSAULT A.T., is part of a global solution by DASSAULT A.T., TONNA and Cisco.

Within this alliance, the three companies have pooled their expertise to develop a set of solutions including cable modems, network head ends and subscriber management software, based on the specifications of the Multimedia Cable Network Service (MCNS) standard. Cisco provides Universal Broadband Router (UBR) routers and Cisco NetWorks technology for the modems. DASSAULT A.T. and TONNA have jointly developed complete solutions. These solutions make possible new Internet applications. With the available speed (from 50 to 100 times greater than conventional access speeds), home users can access animated reservation services or call centers directly from an Internet application, or play interactive games.

The first version of this product, which will be marketed by DASSAULT A.T. and TONNA, will be available in the first quarter of 1999.

DASSAULT A.T. (a subsidiary of DASSAULT ELECTRONIQUE, THOMSON-CSF Group), is a recognized specialist in products to access telecommunication and multimedia networks. DASSAULT A.T. is a high-tech company with an industrial know-how for mass produced information technology systems (Telecommunications, Electronic Fund Transfer, TV set top boxes). For further information, please visit our web site at

TONNA is one of the European leaders in broadband networks and has already equipped over two million outlets with analog and digital products (network head, optical transmitters, amplifiers). TONNA has been working for nearly three years in the field of cable modems and has acquired a know-how which is unique in Europe. More information available on

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