180 Connect Inc. to install and integrate fiber-to-the-home Triple Play services for Optical Entertainment Network


    Stock Symbol: TSX: NCT.U

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - 180 Connect Inc. ("180 Connect" or the
"Company"), one North America's largest providers of installation, integration
and fulfillment services to the home entertainment, communication, and home
integration service industries today announced that it has signed an agreement
with Optical Entertainment Network ("OEN"). OEN is a Houston, Texas based
company providing video, internet and voice to residential and commercial
customers over a system specifically designed to optimize fiber-to-the-home
technology. OEN is the leading provider of IPTV and IP broadband services
optimized for fiber-to-the-home and the first company to launch in a major
U.S. market.
    Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, 180 Connect will install and
integrate OEN's FISION(TM) service, the only integrated service for IPTV, over
fiber-to-the-home from the neighborhood node out to the customer's premise for
all FISION(TM) customers in the Houston area representing in excess of
approximately 10,000 homes. The OEN project is expected to generate revenue of
approximately U.S. $1.2 million in the first year of the agreement and
potentially more over a three year period as the network is deployed.
    "We are very excited to be working with OEN, a company that is breaking
new ground delivering the true potential of fiber-to-the-home to consumers and
is at the forefront of home entertainment technology," said Peter Giacalone,
President and CEO of 180 Connect. "Projects in our Network Services business
continue to represent extraordinary opportunities and further value creation
for the Company and we continue to explore a number of initiatives in this
    "We chose 180 Connect because of their strong expertise in the
installation of fiber-to-the-home access networks," said Albert J. Estrada,
President and CEO of Optical Entertainment Network. "180 Connect has a strong
track record in working with fiber-to-the-home in North America. After
evaluating several candidates we found that 180 Connect most thoroughly met
our requirements."
    Optical Entertainment Network is a Houston, Texas based company providing
Video, Internet and Voice to residential and commercial customers over a
system specifically designed to optimize fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.
In addition to delivering over 400 channels of entertainment programming,
FISION(TM) delivers Ultimate Internet at speeds of up to 10 Mbps symmetrical
per subscriber and innovative applications such as telemedicine and video
conferencing. FISION(TM) will also provide local and long distance IP Voice
services, delivering the promise of true convergence from one company. More
information on FISION(TM) can be found at www.fision.net.

    About 180 Connect Inc.

    180 Connect Inc. is one of North America's largest providers of
installation, integration and fulfillment services to the home entertainment,
communications and home integration service industries. With more than 4,000
skilled technicians and 750 support personnel based in over 85 operating
locations, 180 Connect is well positioned as the only pure play national
residential service provider in the market. 180 Connect Inc. shares are traded
under the name of 180 Connect Inc. on the TSX under the symbol NCT.U.
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the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent
with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are
made as of the date of this news release and the Company assumes no obligation
to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as
required by law.

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For further information:

For further information: Director Investor Relations: Claudia A. Di
Maio, 180 Connect Inc., DIRECT LINE: (416) 930-7710, TEL: 1-866-995-8888,
EMAIL: cdimaio@180connect.net

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