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Scientific-Atlanta to Increase Explorer Set-top Production Capacity, Reflecting Accelerating Demand for Digital Cable and Interactive TV Capacity Boost to 1.5 Million Per Quarter Represents Fifth Increase


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SOURCE: PR Newswire
DATE: Friday, January 19, 2001


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ATLANTA, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ via NewsEdge Corporation -- Scientific-Atlanta (NYSE: SFA) today announced plans to boost production capacity of its popular Explorer(R) digital interactive set-tops to 6 million per year, 1.5 million per quarter by the end of the current quarter, representing a six-fold increase in less than two years. The additional manufacturing capacity at Scientific-Atlanta`s Juarez, Mexico plant will enable the broadband leader to produce Explorer set- tops at an average rate of 115,000 per week.

Nearly 5 million Explorer set-tops, including the Explorer 2000, 3000, 2100, and 3100 models, have already been shipped. Scientific-Atlanta added a seventh assembly and testing line to its Juarez plant last quarter. In order to produce 1.5 million Explorer set-tops per quarter, the company has enhanced manufacturing efficiencies by converting all seven assembly lines for production of its newest Explorer 2100 and 3100 models. As part of the ramp up, Scientific-Atlanta will also increase its outsourcing of sub-assembly cards.

"Scientific-Atlanta has 7200 employees and a very modern 340,000 square foot plant in Juarez, Mexico," said Greg Taylor, Scientific-Atlanta`s vice president of worldwide manufacturing. "Our primary goal is to make sure we`re doing everything we can to meet the growing needs of our customers. We`re very proud of our team in Juarez, which will now oversee the fifth major expansion in the last 18 months."

Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. ( 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. Scientific-Atlanta`s Explorer platform is today delivering 12 interactive TV applications, including video-on-demand, Web browsing, e-commerce, and email, across 47 cable systems that represent nearly 8 million subscribers. More than 700,000 subscribers are currently accessing interactive TV applications using Explorer set-tops.



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[01-18-01 at 16:15 EDT, PR Newswire, File: p0118161.501
 
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