UTStarcom earns broadband contract in India

MAY 8, 2008 -- UTStarcom says it has been awarded a contract by United Telecoms Ltd. to deliver IPTV, bandwidth on demand and Voice over IP (VoIP) services in the state of Goa.

MAY 8, 2008 -- UTStarcom Inc. (search for UTStarcom) says it has been awarded a contract by United Telecoms Ltd. to deliver IPTV, bandwidth on demand and Voice over IP (VoIP) services in the state of Goa. Upon completion, the GEPON/fiber network will be the first specifically designed to deliver e-governance and triple play solutions in India, the company asserts.

The deployment of the Goa Broadband Network is an expansion of UTStarcom's recently deployed fiber network with United Telecoms Ltd., a Bangalore-based ICT solutions company. The Goa Broadband Network marks the first time UTStarcom's RollingStream IPTV, GEPON, and mSwitch offerings will be integrated into a single customer network for the delivery of end-to-end, triple play services.

"We are honored to play a key role in the fulfillment of the Goa State Government's broadband vision, which will revolutionize the broadband, voice, and video communication experiences for citizens in Goa," said Dr P. Rajmohan Rao, managing director of United Telecoms Ltd. "United Telecoms Ltd. is the leader in deploying state WANs in the country, and the broadband, IPTV, and NGN technologies provided by UTStarcom enable us to architect a unique Goa Broadband Network for the delivery of innovative services."

The end-to-end network will provide more than 100,000 subscribers in Goa with high-speed access to several new services including broadcast-quality IPTV and e-governance applications. Additional applications and services to be delivered through the deployment include on-demand entertainment services, interactive gaming, VoIP, tele-medicine, distance learning, and e-commerce.

Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister, celebrated the inauguration of the Goa Broadband Network in late 2007.

According to Vijay Yadav, managing director for UTStarcom in South Asia, "By coupling IPTV service with VoIP and high-speed data access, next-generation service providers such as United Telecoms Ltd. are opening up new revenue streams while enabling new services that enrich consumers' communication experiences."

In 2007, UTStarcom was selected by United Telecoms Limited to deploy its GEPON fiber access equipment to serve as the foundation for the new State Wide Area Network (SWAN) in the state of Goa. UTStarcom's RollingStream end-to-end IPTV system will also be deployed on the network.

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