United Telecom picks UTStarcom for Indian GEPON

MAY 22, 2007 -- UTStarcom has announced a contract with United Telecom Ltd. to deploy its GEPON fiber access equipment in the state of Goa in India.

MAY 22, 2007 -- UTStarcom Inc. (search for UTStarcom) has announced a contract with United Telecom Ltd. to deploy its GEPON fiber access equipment as the foundation for the new Statewide Area Network (SWAN) in the state of Goa in India. United Telecoms is the first company to deploy GEPON technology to deliver e-governance and triple play services to the citizens of Goa, according to UTStarcom.

"Bridging the digital divide is a global challenge many countries face as the availability of broadband services expand beyond metropolitan cities into remote regions of the world," said David King, senior vice president of international sales and marketing at UTStarcom, Inc. "This contract represents our first GEPON contract win in India and is further proof of UTStarcom's dominant position as the leading provider of innovative broadband technologies to the Indian market."

UTStarcom's FTTx gear will be used to provide high-speed fiber connectivity across all state government offices in Goa for running e-governance applications. The network will be capable of delivering up to 1 Gbit/sec to each office and is expected to be extended in the near future to cover sub-districts and villages to enable the Goa state government to provide better services to its citizens.

"The cooperation with UTStarcom ideally complements our portfolio and helps us provide innovative solutions that fit the unique requirements in India," said Dr. Rajmohan Rao, managing director at United Telecom. "UTStarcom's fiber solution will enable us to deliver high-speed access to our subscribers over which we intend to offer a slew of services including e-governance applications, broadcast-quality IPTV, and on-demand entertainment services, tele-medicine, distance learning, and e-commerce."

UTStarcom's GEPON product family includes the BBS1000 Optical Line Termination (OLT) system for deployment at the central office as well as an optical network unit for deployment at the customer's premises. Together, the two units complete the end-to-end optical last mile, providing up to 1 Gbit/sec of bandwidth to residential and business customers.

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