Thomson is set to establish its first digital cinema hub in Asia, via its Technicolor Digital Cinema business, in view of the rapid growth for such services in the region's digital media and entertainment industry.

With the support of Singapore 's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the new facility will be built in the city-state and fully integrated with Thomson's operations in the US.

Curt Behlmer, vice president and COO of Technicolor Digital Cinema within Thomson Services division, believes 'there will be tremendous value in utilising [ Singapore 's] robust infrastructure to expand our digital cinema service offerings into the Asia-Pacific region'.

'Digital cinema is growing at a very rapid pace, and we look forward to supporting studio and exhibitor customers as they begin to roll out digital cinema in Singapore and Asia-Pacific,' he said.

The new facility is expected to have a network operations centre (NOC) and offer physical and electronic forms of content delivery, equipment monitoring and 24/7 multi-lingual call-centre support. The build-out is due to begin in mid-2008.