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UTStarcom Announces Successful Participation in BSNL FTTH Services

BEIJING, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom Holdings Corp. ("UTStarcom" or "the Company") (Nasdaq: UTSI) a leading provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and Broadband for cable and telecom operators today announced that it has provided the Gigabit and Ethernet Passive Optical Network ("GEPON") products to support Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ("BSNL") on its fibre to home ("FTTH") service which was successfully launched in India on 23rd July 2011.

Jack Lu, President and CEO, said, "We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate BSNL on the successful launch of the FTTH service. It is a great honour and pride for us to be associated with BSNL in providing the FTTH service in the Indian market. We have partnered closely with BSNL in providing the technology which will enable it to provide world class triple play services to its customers."

BSNL has already installed FTTH systems in nearly 134 cities across India to provide high speed Data, Video, Voice, Cable TV services to its FTTH customers. BSNL hopes to have around 6 million customers by the year 2015.

The FTTH service works with the help of a ring-based optical fibre network that ensures high speed connectivity. FTTH broadband service can provide a downlink of 2.56 Gbps and uplink speed of 1.25Gbps. It relies on the Self Healing Network to provide seamless triple play service.

UTStarcom has been a leading supplier of broadband technology to BSNL. It has supplied and integrated Multi Play Broadband networks to provide triple play services. FTTH based broadband network is an extension of broadband services.

"It is our constant endeavour to provide top of the line telecom services to the people in India. This launch of FTTH service using UTStarcom GEPON based technology will help us to ensure fast transmission of voice, data and video information and good quality of user experience to our customers in this region," said Shri. R. K. Upadhyay, Chairman Managing Director of BSNL.

About UTStarcom Holdings Corp.

UTStarcom is a leading provider of interactive, IP-based network solutions in iDTV, IPTV, Internet TV and Broadband for cable and telecom operators. The Company sells its solutions to operators in both emerging and established telecommunications and cable 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, listed on the NASDAQ in 2000, the Company has its operational headquarters in Beijing, China and research and development operations in China and India. For more information about UTStarcom, visit the Company's Web site at

About Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. formed in October, 2000, is World's 7th largest Telecommunications Company providing comprehensive range of telecom services in India: Wireline, CDMA mobile, GSM Mobile, Internet, Broadband, Carrier service, MPLS-VPN, VSAT, VoIP services, IN Services etc. Presently it is one of the largest leading public sector units in India.

Today, it has about 46 million line basic telephone capacity, 8.5 million WLL capacity, 52 Million GSM Capacity, more than 38302 fixed exchanges, 46565 BTS, 3895 Node B ( 3G BTS), 287 Satellite Stations, 684755 Rkm of OFC Cable, 54000 Rkm of Microwave Network connecting 602 Districts, 7330 cities/towns and 5.6 Lakhs villages.

BSNL has more than 2.5 million WLL subscribers and 3.6 million Internet Customers who access Internet through various modes viz. Dial-up, Leased Line, DIAS, Account Less Internet (CLI). BSNL has been adjudged as the NUMBER ONE ISP in the country.

BSNL has set up a world class multi-gigabit, multi-protocol convergent IP infrastructure that provides convergent services like voice, data and video through the same Backbone and Broadband Access Network. At present there are 7.9 million DataOne broadband customers.

The company has vast experience in planning, installation, network integration and maintenance of switching transmission networks and also has a world class ISO 9000 certified Telecom Training Institute.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements, including statements regarding BSNL's intent to continue deploying UTStarcom's broadband products and the anticipated number of end-users. These statements are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. These risks include economic issues in the identified geographic markets; failure to rapidly deploy the products; anticipated number of end users; and changes in government regulation and licensing requirements, as well as risk factors identified in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, 10K/A, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company is in a period of significant transition and in the conduct of its business is exposed to additional risks as a result. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this release, which may change, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

SOURCE UTStarcom Holdings Corp.