Thursday, February 1, 2007

UTStarcom Selected for IPTV Rollout by India's MTNL

UTStarcom was awarded a three-year contract to supply its RollingStream end-to-end IPTV solution to Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) in India. UTStarcom is working in partnership with AKSH Optifibre Ltd., which supplies a Fiber-to-the-Home solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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 Delhi and Mumbai are anticipated to have access to the service, which launched in December 2006.

"By pricing the basic level of service at 125 rupees, we hope to attract a 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," said Shri RSP Sinha, chairman and managing director at MTNL.


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