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Bouygues Telecom selects Nextreaming as 3GPP encoder of choice for its content partners

London, 21st September 2004 – Nextreaming Corporation, a leader in mobile multimedia solutions for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and content providers, announced today that Bouygues Telecom has selected Nextreaming as its preferred encoder for its i-mode partners. The agreement enables the French mobile operator’s content and application partners, including Europe's largest mobile content provider 123 Multimedia, to produce high quality encoded video content for its recently launched i-mode video service.

Europe's largest mobile content provider 123 Multimedia is the first i-mode partner to use the Nextreaming solution with Bouygues Telecom. Part of Index Corporation, a global provider of mobile and media services, 123 Multimedia has used the solution to encode its multimedia services for i-mode. The content is available now on Bouygues Telecom’s i-mode service and can be enjoyed by the operator’s 800,000 users.

“Using Nextreaming technology has allowed 123 Multimedia to quickly and easily encode our 123Funclips video clip content for Bouygues Telecom i-mode subscribers,” said Bertrand Perez, chief technology officer of 123 Multimedia. “123Funclips is one of Bouygues Telecom’s most popular i-mode services, featuring a variety of high quality downloadable video clips and animations from film and TV.”

"The high quality encoding platform represents another important step towards mass usage of our i-mode enabled mobile multimedia services," says Cedric Nicolas, i-mode expertise and roadmap manager from Bouygues Telecom. "We have adopted an approach that is particularly open to third-party content and applications; encouraging our partners to embrace our i-mode offering. Our decision to recommend the Nextreaming encoder will contribute to the successful launch of added-value video download services for our customers."

"Bouygues Telecom’s decision to recommend our encoding platform is testament to the effectiveness of Nextreaming solution," said Dr. IL-TAEK LIM, chief executive officer of Nextreaming. "We believe that to ensure mass usage of video on mobile devices, it is critical that 3G operators provide the highest quality video content possible for consumers. Ensuring video content is sufficiently protected is also essential in order to encourage media owners to release their most valuable and engaging video footage across mobile networks.”

Nextreaming’s services are recommended for content providers and encoding service firms who need to quickly and effortlessly create large amounts of high quality 3GPP or MPEG multimedia content with forward lock content protection. With its advanced features such as pre-processing, double pass encoding and batch job functionality, Nextreaming’s solutions gives these partners the power to create videos and their multimedia content.

For further information please visit:
www.bouyguestelecom.fr
www.123multimedia.com
www.nextreaming.com

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About 123 Multimedia
As Europe's largest mobile content provider, 123Multimedia provides a range of mobile Internet services based on i-mode, WAP, and Java, as well as mobile content using premium SSM, MMS, and SMS services. Based in Toulouse, France, the company develops and hosts multimedia services for major European players such as Bouygues Telecom, Orange, Vodafone, Universal, Sagem, Philips and The Coca-Cola. 123 Multimedia’s content delivery network covers France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco, the Netherlands, and Thailand.

Index Corporation, a global provider of mobile and media services, has agreed
to acquire 66.65% of the outstanding common stock of 123 Multimedia. The acquisition will significantly increase 123 Multimedia’s operating scale and will markedly improve its ability to reach new markets, fostering future growth by mutually leveraging distribution
networks and content libraries.

About Bouygues Telecom
With 7,000 employees and 6.9 million customers, Bouygues Telecom has established itself as the company that democratised the mobile telephony market in France. Bouygues Telecom introduced mobile phone contracts to France in 1996, and continues to design useful, simple, high-quality and affordable products for both individual and business customers. As part of these efforts, the company launched i-mode mobile internet services in November 2002. Over 700,000 Bouygues Telecom customers in France had signed up to i-mode, and were able to access 265 sites offering practical information and exchange e-mails with messaging systems throughout the world. Bouygues Telecom is also one of the world’s leading mobile phone operators, with international coverage in more than 180 countries.

About Nextreaming Corporation
Nextreaming Corporation is a leading provider of carrier grade mobile multimedia solutions. Nextreaming’s products provide optimized encoding, delivery, and decoding over wireless networks. Nextreaming's products include Nexencoder™ Enterprise, Xenon™, Nexcaster™, Nextreamer™, Nexembedded™ Suite, and Nextreaming ActiveX Player. Nextreaming actively participates in IMTC, MPEG, 3GPP, 3GPP2 and ISMA. Nextreaming provides an end-to-end mobile suite of products and services to enable operators to deploy the highest quality streaming capabilities worldwide. These services permit operators to enjoy increased revenues with any video enabled handset. Additional features include Nexaware™ and H.264 to provide optimized adaptive streaming based on any available bit rate or network. http://www.nextreaming.com

For more information please contact:
Tim Hadley / James Cook
Prodigy Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7379 6662
Email: tim@prodigypr.com / james@prodigypr.com

Oliver Mills
Nextreaming Corporation
Director of Business Development Europe
London, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7768 444 275
http://www.nextreaming.com

i-mode and the i-mode logo are trade marks registered by NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.

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