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    Italiane trials MHP services with Sofia DigitalSofia
    Digital and Telespazio enable secure smart card-based services for DTT

    Press release
    Helsinki, Finland – September 8th, 2006

    Italiane has concluded a successful trial of smart card-based services on
    digital terrestrial television. Sofia Digital supplied Sofia Backstage® Browser Platform as the MHP application
    technology used by the consortium consisting of Poste Italiane, Telespazio and
    RAI.  Smart card plug-in for the Browser
    Platform was used to enable authentication of the users with their personal
    PostePay cards.

    The trial services included Certitel and
    Bollettino. Certitel is a service where users can request official government
    certificates. Bollettino can be used to pay utility bills. The PostePay card
    was used for both services to authenticate the user and encrypt the return
    channel connection so that security and privacy requirements were met.

    In the
    consortium, Sofia
    was the technology provider, Telespazio the project manager, and the Poste
    services were verified by RAI and broadcast on RAI Utile channel.

    “Telespazio’s MHP laboratory and DTT
    experts were utilized to great effect in this project. We see that these kind
    of interactive services are an important factor for the success of DTT in
    , comments
    Mr. Italo Andriani, Program Manager
    of DTT Project of Telespazio. “Sofia
    Digital proved to be an excellent partner in this project thanks to their
    robust technology platform and MHP expertise.”

    “Poste services created here are an
    excellent example of what Sofia’s
    technology and MHP can provide in the area of complex interactive services. We
    are proud that the trial was a great success.
    ” comments Mr. Hannu Anttila, Vice
    President, Business Development of Sofia Digital.

    Backstage® Browser Platform is an interactive
    service platform for MHP, OCAP and Mobile TV networks. It powers a range of
    different value adding interactive services, including digital teletext,
    enhanced TV, operator portals and service catalogs.

    Backstage® Browser Platform and the Poste smart card
    services can be seen at the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, 8-12 September, on Sofia Digital
    stand 2.101.

    More information:

    Mr. Hannu Anttila
    Vice President, Business
    email: hannu.anttila@sofiadigital.com

    phone: +358 50 385 5515

    About Telespazio:

    Telespazio, a joint venture between Finmeccanica
    (67%) and Alcatel (33%), is a world leader in satellite services: from
    management of satellites to Earth observation services, from satellite navigation
    to broadband multimedia telecommunications. Telespazio plays a leading role in
    the reference markets harnessing technological experience acquired over the
    years and through its participation in major European space programs such as: GALILEO,
    EGNOS, GMES and COSMO-SkyMed.

    Sofia Digital:

    Sofia Digital Ltd. is
    an internationally recognized provider of interactive TV solutions, bringing
    new services to different TV terminals utilizing new digital technologies.
    Sofia Digital focuses on open standard interactive platforms, such as MHP,
    OCAP, DVB-H and IPTV as well as interactive SMS TV services.

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