Scientific-Atlanta To Expand Network Architectures to Support High Capacity DOCSIS Data Services, Invests in Pacific Broadband Communications

New Prisma IP Platform Will Deliver Space and Cost Saving Benefits to Cable

Modem Systems and Drive Expanded Availability of Information, Communication,

And Entertainment Services



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Scientific-Atlanta

    ATLANTA, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As it continues leading the development
 of the network architectures that are delivering interactive TV services today
 and shaping the residential fiber transport and access networks of the future,
 Scientific-Atlanta announced today it is investing $5 million in Pacific
 Broadband Communications (PBC).  Based in San Jose, California, PBC develops
 ultra-dense, high-performance and highly noise immune broadband solutions for
 delivery of information, communication and entertainment over the last mile of
 HFC networks.
     "We are expanding our portfolio of relationships with leading technology
 developers in order to accelerate our ability to deliver low-cost, high-
 performance network architecture solutions for broadband network operators,"
 said Paul Connolly, vice president of marketing and network architectures for
 Scientific-Atlanta.  "Our product development initiatives with PBC are
 intended to increase the applications, services and network performance
 delivered by our current Prisma(R) II products as well as our Prisma IP fiber
 optic products, which are in field trials now."
     The combined strengths of Scientific-Atlanta, PBC, and Luminous Networks,
 which Scientific-Atlanta invested in last year, are expected to result in an
 architecture that is significantly more efficient, scalable and cost-effective
 than current implementations of DOCSIS data networks.  PBC has developed a
 chipset for its CMTS (Cable Modem Termination Shelf) cable head-end product,
 which offers four times the density of any other CMTS chipset.  When
 Scientific-Atlanta and Luminous Networks, a provider of carrier-class optical
 Ethernet platforms for metropolitan area networks, integrate the high-density
 PBC chipsets into the Prisma IP platform, equipment rack requirements in the
 cable head-end needed to service cable modem applications are expected to be
 reduced to one-fourth the space needed today.  Additionally, the high-density
 solution will allow all cable modem functions to be controlled from one box
 instead of two, providing more cost and space savings.
     "We agree with Scientific-Atlanta that the future of broadband access is
 tied to the ability to provide converged data, voice and video services over a
 single scalable network," said Alok Sharma, president and CTO at PBC.  "We
 will jointly develop products to enable cable operators to launch new services
 and capabilities quickly, easily and affordably."
     The Prisma IP platform's powerful capabilities are designed to enable
 Scientific-Atlanta to offer cable operators a compelling architecture for
 delivering information, communication and video services to subscribers.
     "Converged services on one network for delivering information,
 communication and entertainment will eliminate the need for a separate network
 for data, voice and video services," added Scientific-Atlanta's Connolly.
 "This exciting new technology is designed to provide our customers with the
 cost-effective, high-performance capabilities that will help drive the
 popularity of interactive services to new levels for cable operators."
     The Prisma IP platform is also expected to provide additional cost savings
 for the MSO through efficient routing and integrated optical transport using
 the emerging resilient packet ring (RPR) technology, eliminating the need for
 separate routers and SONET transport systems.  Furthermore, highly efficient
 Prisma bdr technology for digital upstream transmission meshes seamlessly with
 PBC's DSP-based CMTS processing, eliminating redundant analog-to-digital
 conversions to improve transmission quality.
     In the last 12 months Scientific-Atlanta has announced equity investments
 in several technology developers that specialize in products designed for
 fiber optic and HFC (hybrid-fiber coax) networks.
     These investments are part of a Scientific-Atlanta strategic initiative to
 increase the speed at which new products, and the services they deliver to
 cable subscribers, can be launched in the marketplace to enable cable
 operators to upgrade network infrastructure.
     Field trials for the Prisma IP platform incorporating PBC technology are
 planned for the fourth calendar quarter this year, followed by commercial
 rollout in the first quarter of 2002.
 
     About Pacific Broadband Technologies
     Pacific Broadband Communications (PBC), founded in 1999, develops ultra
 dense, high-performance, and highly noise-immune broadband solutions that
 enable service providers to deliver standards-based data, telephony, and video
 over last mile networks such as cable and wireless.  Pacific Broadband
 Communications' initial market focus is on cable broadband communications
 between a service provider's central office in a metropolitan, suburban, or
 rural environment and the consumer's home.
 
     About Scientific-Atlanta
     Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE:   SFA) (http://www.scientificatlanta.com )
 is a leading supplier of digital content distribution systems, transmission
 networks for broadband access to the home, digital interactive set-tops and
 subscriber systems designed for video, high speed Internet and voice over IP
 (VoIP) networks, and worldwide customer service and support.
     "Forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995 may be included in this news release.  A variety
 of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ from the
 anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements.  Investors
 are referred to the Company's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit 99 to the
 Company's most recent Form 10-Q), which statements are incorporated into this
 news release by reference.
 
     For more information contact:
     Paul Sims, Scientific-Atlanta, +1 770 236 2179, +1 770 236 3088/fax,
     paul.sims@sciatl.com
     Nicole Hockin, Scientific-Atlanta, +1 770 236 2181, +1 770 236 3088/fax,
     nicole.hockin@sciatl.com
     Jill Ullman, Pacific Broadband Communications, +1.678.461.0916,
     jill@pbc.com
 
     Additional information on Scientific-Atlanta and its Broadband Access
 products are available via the Internet at http://www.sciatl.com .  For
 Broadband Access product information select Products, then Broadband Access
 Products.  For high-resolution photographs select News, then Press Room, then
 Photos, then Broadband Access Products.  Select Investors to access a variety
 of financial and investor services.  Prisma is a registered trademark of
 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Scientific-Atlanta
    ATLANTA, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As it continues leading the development
 of the network architectures that are delivering interactive TV services today
 and shaping the residential fiber transport and access networks of the future,
 Scientific-Atlanta announced today it is investing $5 million in Pacific
 Broadband Communications (PBC).  Based in San Jose, California, PBC develops
 ultra-dense, high-performance and highly noise immune broadband solutions for
 delivery of information, communication and entertainment over the last mile of
 HFC networks.
     "We are expanding our portfolio of relationships with leading technology
 developers in order to accelerate our ability to deliver low-cost, high-
 performance network architecture solutions for broadband network operators,"
 said Paul Connolly, vice president of marketing and network architectures for
 Scientific-Atlanta.  "Our product development initiatives with PBC are
 intended to increase the applications, services and network performance
 delivered by our current Prisma(R) II products as well as our Prisma IP fiber
 optic products, which are in field trials now."
     The combined strengths of Scientific-Atlanta, PBC, and Luminous Networks,
 which Scientific-Atlanta invested in last year, are expected to result in an
 architecture that is significantly more efficient, scalable and cost-effective
 than current implementations of DOCSIS data networks.  PBC has developed a
 chipset for its CMTS (Cable Modem Termination Shelf) cable head-end product,
 which offers four times the density of any other CMTS chipset.  When
 Scientific-Atlanta and Luminous Networks, a provider of carrier-class optical
 Ethernet platforms for metropolitan area networks, integrate the high-density
 PBC chipsets into the Prisma IP platform, equipment rack requirements in the
 cable head-end needed to service cable modem applications are expected to be
 reduced to one-fourth the space needed today.  Additionally, the high-density
 solution will allow all cable modem functions to be controlled from one box
 instead of two, providing more cost and space savings.
     "We agree with Scientific-Atlanta that the future of broadband access is
 tied to the ability to provide converged data, voice and video services over a
 single scalable network," said Alok Sharma, president and CTO at PBC.  "We
 will jointly develop products to enable cable operators to launch new services
 and capabilities quickly, easily and affordably."
     The Prisma IP platform's powerful capabilities are designed to enable
 Scientific-Atlanta to offer cable operators a compelling architecture for
 delivering information, communication and video services to subscribers.
     "Converged services on one network for delivering information,
 communication and entertainment will eliminate the need for a separate network
 for data, voice and video services," added Scientific-Atlanta's Connolly.
 "This exciting new technology is designed to provide our customers with the
 cost-effective, high-performance capabilities that will help drive the
 popularity of interactive services to new levels for cable operators."
     The Prisma IP platform is also expected to provide additional cost savings
 for the MSO through efficient routing and integrated optical transport using
 the emerging resilient packet ring (RPR) technology, eliminating the need for
 separate routers and SONET transport systems.  Furthermore, highly efficient
 Prisma bdr technology for digital upstream transmission meshes seamlessly with
 PBC's DSP-based CMTS processing, eliminating redundant analog-to-digital
 conversions to improve transmission quality.
     In the last 12 months Scientific-Atlanta has announced equity investments
 in several technology developers that specialize in products designed for
 fiber optic and HFC (hybrid-fiber coax) networks.
     These investments are part of a Scientific-Atlanta strategic initiative to
 increase the speed at which new products, and the services they deliver to
 cable subscribers, can be launched in the marketplace to enable cable
 operators to upgrade network infrastructure.
     Field trials for the Prisma IP platform incorporating PBC technology are
 planned for the fourth calendar quarter this year, followed by commercial
 rollout in the first quarter of 2002.
 
     About Pacific Broadband Technologies
     Pacific Broadband Communications (PBC), founded in 1999, develops ultra
 dense, high-performance, and highly noise-immune broadband solutions that
 enable service providers to deliver standards-based data, telephony, and video
 over last mile networks such as cable and wireless.  Pacific Broadband
 Communications' initial market focus is on cable broadband communications
 between a service provider's central office in a metropolitan, suburban, or
 rural environment and the consumer's home.
 
     About Scientific-Atlanta
     Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE:   SFA) (http://www.scientificatlanta.com )
 is a leading supplier of digital content distribution systems, transmission
 networks for broadband access to the home, digital interactive set-tops and
 subscriber systems designed for video, high speed Internet and voice over IP
 (VoIP) networks, and worldwide customer service and support.
     "Forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995 may be included in this news release.  A variety
 of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ from the
 anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements.  Investors
 are referred to the Company's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit 99 to the
 Company's most recent Form 10-Q), which statements are incorporated into this
 news release by reference.
 
     For more information contact:
     Paul Sims, Scientific-Atlanta, +1 770 236 2179, +1 770 236 3088/fax,
     paul.sims@sciatl.com
     Nicole Hockin, Scientific-Atlanta, +1 770 236 2181, +1 770 236 3088/fax,
     nicole.hockin@sciatl.com
     Jill Ullman, Pacific Broadband Communications, +1.678.461.0916,
     jill@pbc.com
 
     Additional information on Scientific-Atlanta and its Broadband Access
 products are available via the Internet at http://www.sciatl.com .  For
 Broadband Access product information select Products, then Broadband Access
 Products.  For high-resolution photographs select News, then Press Room, then
 Photos, then Broadband Access Products.  Select Investors to access a variety
 of financial and investor services.  Prisma is a registered trademark of
 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Scientific-Atlanta