Tuesday, July 11, 2006

China Telecom to Expand IPTV in Shanghai with UTStarcom's RollingStream

China Telecom awarded a follow-on contract to UTStarcom to deploy its "RollingStream" end-to-end IPTV solution in Shanghai. The deployment is initially designed to support 51,000 users.



Prior to this deployment, China Telecom Shanghai selected UTStarcom to deploy an initial 5,000-user IPTV network in November 2005. During the first stage of deployment, UTStarcom's RollingStream solution was put through a rigorous series of technology tests.



Shanghai, which is also the largest city in China with a population of approximately 18 million, had nearly two million broadband subscribers at the end of first quarter of 2006. UTStarcom believes these factors provide a solid foundation for the IPTV market in both Shanghai and China.



Partnering with Shanghai Media Group (SMG), a leading multimedia television content provider, China Telecom Shanghai plans to offer subscribers a service package of live broadcast television and videos-on-demand. Additionally, the service is designed to offer subscribers "time-shift" capabilities -- the ability to pause and rewind live television, as well as an expansive amount of storage to record any program and watch on each subscriber's own schedule.



Shanghai is the largest city of China with a total population of approximately 18 million. The number of broadband users in Shanghai approached two million at the end of first quarter of 2006. UTStarcom believes these factors provide a solid foundation for the addressable market of IPTV in China.

http://www.utstar.com/Solutions/Broadband/IPTV

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