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NAGRAVISION AND SOLARIS MOBILE JOIN FORCES TO TARGET THE WORLD’S FIRST S-BAND MOBILE TV SOLUTION
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  • Nagra Mobile TV service protection solution will be part of the complete DVB-SH ecosystem to be launched by Solaris Mobile
  • Solaris Mobile, a joint venture of Eutelsat and SES Astra, is actively establishing together with key industrial partners and media players a harmonised ecosystem to optimise the delivery of mobile TV and broadband services

Cheseaux, Switzerland – February 16th, 2009 – Nagravision, a Kudelski Group (SWX:KUD) company and the world's leading independent provider of value-added content protection solutions and Solaris Mobile, a joint venture of Eutelsat and SES Astra, the leading provider of satellite-based next generation networks for mobile services, announced today they are joining forces in the development of a harmonised ecosystem to optimise the delivery of mobile TV and broadband services. The new solution will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2009 to be held in Barcelona on February 16 to 19 in the Solaris booth AV05a and Nagravision hospitality suite, HS02 hall 4, level 4.

Nagravision is the reigning market leader in mobile TV content and service protection with 95% market share securing access of its customers' subscribers to mobile TV services and is a natural fit for the new ecosystem. Solaris Mobile’s first range of services is aimed primarily at broadcasters, telco operators, the automotive industry, and data & communication providers and will soon be operating in the new dedicated spectrum S-band which is located near the UMTS frequencies exclusively reserved for mobile satellite services. With this S-band payload using the DVB-SH (Satellite services to Handhelds) hybrid satellite/terrestrial standard, Solaris Mobile can provide a unique, powerful network offering seamless coverage across Europe. By using additional terrestrial base stations, the system reaches into tunnels, urban landscapes and also indoor locations. The DVB-SH project fits into their broad range of service offerings.

Jean-Luc Jaquier, Vice President of Nagravision Mobile TV, said, “DVB-SH broadcasting technology offers the capability to reach a wide range of the population with Mobile TV and interactive services. Solaris Mobile has very aggressive plans to launch the service and build the market. It's an honour to be part of this initiative and we look forward to providing our expertise to the success of the project."

The Nagra Mobile TV content and service protection platform already provides all the functions needed to protect the broadcasted services and content in DVB-SH. It is available today as an extension to existing Nagravision conditional access systems or as a stand-alone system. The comprehensive Nagravision mobile solution suite fully supports both OMA BCAST Smartcard Profile and Open Security Framework across all industry networks.

About Solaris Mobile
Solaris Mobile, a Eutelsat and SES Astra joint venture, was established in early 2008 to develop next generation mobile TV and automotive services via satellite. Its corporate headquarters in Dublin officially opened in June 2008. The company plans to provide video, radio and data plus two-way communication to a variety of handheld and vehicle-mounted mobile devices. Solaris Mobile’s range of services, scheduled for launch in early 2009, is aimed primarily at Broadcasters, Telco operators, the Automotive industry and Data & Communication providers. The company intends to operate in a 2.00 GHz frequency band, the S-band, reserved only for the exclusive use of satellite and terrestrial mobile services. The S-band sits alongside UMTS frequencies that are already used across Europe for 3G terrestrial services. Please visit www.solarismobile.com for more information.

About the Kudelski Group and Nagravision
The Kudelski Group (SWX: KUD.VX) is a world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive content. Its technologies are used in a wide range of services and applications requiring access control and rights management to secure the revenue of content owners and service providers for digital television and interactive applications across broadcast, broadband and mobile delivery networks. The Kudelski Group is also a world technology leader in the area of access control and management of people or vehicles to sites and events. It additionally offers professional recorders and high-end hi-fi products. The Kudelski Group is headquartered in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland. Please visit www.nagra.com for more information.

Nagravision, a Kudelski Group company, is the world's leading independent supplier of open conditional access systems, DRM and integrated on-demand solutions for content providers and digital TV operators over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms. Its technologies are currently being used by more than 120 leading Pay TV operators worldwide securing content delivered to over 92 million active smart cards and devices. Please visit www.nagravision.com for more information.

For further information please contact:

Ivan Schnider
(contact for trade media)
Nagravision SA
Head of Marketing Communications
+41 21 732 09 40
ivan.schnider@nagra.com

Daniel Herrera
(contact for general interest media)
Kudelski Group
Head of Corporate Communications
+41 21 732 01 81
daniel.herrera@nagra.com

Santino Rumasuglia
(contact for investors and financial analysts)
Kudelski Group
Head of Investor Relations
+41 21 732 01 24
santino.rumasuglia@nagra.com