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									         Smart Card Changes for Remote and Regional
                    Broadcasting Services

You may have heard that there are some changes being proposed in regard to the Optus Aurora broadcasting services,
and in particular the smart card technology used by Optus.

This web site aims to explain these changes and also outline the steps that Optus is taking in order to minimise any
impact on distributors and end users of the Aurora services.

Existing Encryption Service

Since launching the Aurora platform Optus has utilised the Irdeto encryption technology that operates Version 1 (V1)
smart cards to deliver a range of satellite broadcasting services, including remote area broadcasting services (RABS)
across Australia.

These services are delivered to a range of businesses, government departments as well as to Direct-To-Home (DTH) end
users. The total number of Aurora end users is 40,000 of which approximately 32,000 are RABS DTH end users.

To receive the Aurora services one requires a satellite dish, a decoder and a smart card to unscramble the encrypted

Proposed Changes to MCRYPT Smart Cards

Optus has recently decided to introduce MCRYPT encryption smart card technology and phase out support for the V1
smart card encryption system.

The decision to introduce new smart card technology was made for a number of reasons, including that the new MCRYPT
service has the advantage of being more ‘secure’. This will ensure that the incidence of signal piracy will decrease with
the new system.

Simulcrypt Period

Optus is committed to ensure that the introduction of the new MCRYPT service will have minimal impact on customers
and end users. For this reason Optus has decided to simulcrypt both the MCRYPT and V1 technologies for a maximum
of five years, commencing in late 2003.

The decision to simulcast BOTH the MCRYPT as well as the V1 encryption services means that end users who have either
the new MCRYPT cards or the V1 cards can receive the Aurora services.

Optus does not anticipate any interruption to the V1 service as a result of the decision to simulcrypt MCRYPT.
Accordingly, for those customers who are currently using the V1 cards, customers can continue using these cards until
the simulcrypt period comes to an end. Most existing cards will reach the end of their natural life before that time and
will need to be replaced with the new MCRYPT.

In respect of new customers, Optus is now unable to obtain any more
V1 smart cards to supply distributors. Therefore new customers will
need to obtain a new MCRYPT card in order to access Aurora services.
These can be obtained from the normal distribution channels.

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