UTStarcom Partners With AKSH Optifibre to Deliver First IPTV Service in India With MTNL
ALAMEDA, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom, Inc.
(Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and services, today announced a three-year contract through its partnership
with AKSH Optifibre Ltd. to deploy its RollingStream(TM) end-to-end IPTV
solution with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) in India. The contract
represents the first commercial IPTV deployment in India and AKSH Optifibre
Ltd. is the first company to launch IPTV in India. AKSH is the pioneer in
optifibre fiber and cable technologies and their main product is a
'Consumers have come to expect sterling services that are both innovative
and affordable from MTNL,' said Shri RSP Sinha, chairman and managing director
at MTNL. 'We take the lead, yet again, in ushering in a true revolution in
home entertainment with the country's first IPTV service. IPTV provides an
interactive viewing experience and allows for multitude of exciting revenue
generating applications to be deployed. Our existing presence in more than
four million homes in
give MTNL a tremendous headstart in changing the way people watch television.'
The service, which will utilize MTNL's existing broadband network as the
content delivery backbone, will consist of traditional broadcast television,
video- and music-on-demand, videoconferencing capabilities and time-shifted
TV, allowing users to access television content on any channel up to one week
in the past. All MTNL broadband subscribers in
anticipated to have access to the service, which launched in
'By pricing the basic level of service at
large number of our broadband subscribers to our IPTV service and drive
revenue growth through the additional value-added services, like time-shift
capabilities and video-on-demand, enabled by UTStarcom's RollingStream,' Sinha
'This contract is a testament to both UTStarcom's worldwide leadership in
the IPTV industry as well as our dominant position as a provider of innovative
broadband technologies to the Indian market,' said
president of international sales and marketing. 'UTStarcom's award-winning
RollingStream IPTV solution is now deployed with leading service providers in
leader in IPTV deployments worldwide.'
'The cooperation with UTStarcom ideally complements our know-how,' said
RollingStream offers an end-to-end IPTV solution enabling us to deliver
broadcast quality TV and on-demand entertainment service programming over IP
networks. This enables us to offer even more comprehensive solutions and
services in the area of IPTV, now and for the next three years. The start of
IPTV services with MTNL is clearing the way for deployment of
Fiber-to-the-Home solutions at the subscriber's home.'
About UTStarcom's RollingStream
UTStarcom's RollingStream is an end-to-end solution designed for
telecommunications operators and broadband service providers to deliver
broadcast quality TV and on-demand entertainment programming over IP networks.
RollingStream is designed to offer service providers the scalability,
reliability, and bandwidth efficiency to support new services including
broadcast TV, Network PVR (n-PVR), Video on Demand (VoD), and Near Video on
Demand (NVoD) over existing network infrastructures. This may result in
opportunities for increased revenues, new services, and improved customer
satisfaction and retention.
For more information about UTStarcom's RollingStream solution, please
visit: http://www.utstar.com/Solutions/Broadband/IPTV .
About UTStarcom, Inc.
UTStarcom is a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and international service and support. The company sells its broadband,
wireless, and handset solutions to operators in both emerging and established
telecommunications markets around the world. UTStarcom enables its customers
to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing
infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end
IP networks. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Alameda, California, the
company has research and design operations in the
For more information about UTStarcom, visit the company's Web site at
This release includes forward-looking statements by or about UTStarcom,
including the foregoing statements regarding the anticipated delivery
mechanism, features and other benefits to the users, scope of coverage, and
pricing of the IPTV service to be deployed in
regarding the benefits of the RollingStream solution to MTNL and other service
providers generally, and the anticipated impact of the IPTV service on the
viewing experience of the end-users. These statements are forward-looking in
nature and subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to
differ materially. These risk factors include rapidly changing technology,
the changing nature of global telecommunications markets, the termination of
contracts and/or strategic relationships, the direction and results of future
research and development efforts, evolving product and applications standards,
reduction or delays in system deployments, product transitions, potential
non-realization of backlog, changes in demand for and acceptance of
UTStarcom's products, both in
conditions, and trends and uncertainties such as changes in government
regulation and licensing requirements, both in
also refers readers to the risk factors identified in its latest Annual Report
on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K,
as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SOURCE UTStarcom, Inc.