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GigaMedia Demonstrates New Cloud Platform

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) ("GigaMedia") today provided a preview of the company's new, self-developed GigaCloud platform, demonstrating a bundle of new products at an event in Taipei that was attended by the media, industry professionals and potential partners.

GigaCloud is an integrated platform of cloud-based tools and services for SMEs -- a simple, efficient way for SMEs to outsource their critical IT needs and upgrade their business with technology that provides cost savings, productivity improvements, and flexibility.

"We are delighted to unveil our cloud offerings and begin educating the market on the benefits our services will provide," stated GigaMedia Chief Executive Officer Collin Hwang. "Many SMEs rely on legacy IT and communications systems and have no in-house IT support; they need flexible, mobile and affordable technology solutions that leverage the Web to improve their business, which is driving a global migration to new cloud solutions."

"Our bundled solutions will allow SMEs to get their businesses online and collaborating faster, delivering significant productivity gains and dramatically lowering telecommunications costs," stated CEO Collin Hwang.

Traditional communications systems cost thousands of dollars to set up and maintain and costs vary monthly. GigaCloud eliminates the need for complex hardware, lengthy installation, and technical support, providing SMEs with the power and flexibility of advanced communications systems that are simple, affordable and accessible in and out of the office.

GigaCloud will initially include the following bundle of services:

  • Cloud-based PBX services that greatly lower telecom costs and increase quality and flexibility, including unlimited local and reduced rate domestic and international long distance service;
  • Cloud storage for file and data editing and sharing anywhere, anytime;
  • Cloud faxing with Web-based transmission and storage making faxing simple and mobile;
  • Video surveillance, including a Web cam that will allow for off-site monitoring; and
  • Cloud leasing, including leasing of cloud services and related hardware that will provide SMEs an affordable way to grow.

Cloud services for SMEs in Taiwan and mainland China is a largely untapped opportunity and lags the US in adoption. There are over one million SMEs in Taiwan and strong growth of cloud services regionally is forecast, driven by SMEs.

To help penetrate the market, product launch is planned in strategic partnership with Taiwan-based Chailease Holding Co Ltd to capitalize on the firm's large SME customer base. Chailease is Taiwan's number one leasing company with approximately 42 percent market share. The firm has a wide product offering, including financial services, leasing, and installment sales and serves approximately 15,000 SMEs in Greater China.

GigaMedia plans to expand the scope and reach of its services through additional strategic channel and technology partnerships going forward.

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