February 24, 2005
Company signs expansion contract for 75,000 ports of IP-DSLAM platforms and related equipment in India.
UTStarcom, Inc (NASDAQ:UTSI) today announced that its AN-2000 B820 and AN-2000 B100 IP-DSLAMs will continue to support Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.’s National Internet Backbone project in its second phase.
This contract extends the initial $9.2 million contract signed with BSNL in August 2004. BSNL is the incumbent and largest telecommunications services provider in India, with a presence in the fixed-line, cellular mobile, long distance and data markets.
UTStarcom’s IP-DSLAM solution will enable BSNL to offer new broadband-based triple play services, such as high-speed Internet access, interactive gaming and multimedia entertainment services like video on demand to its customers.
BSNL’s National Internet Backbone is a TCP/IP-based network currently comprising around 400 nodes distributed across India and supporting over one million subscribers — of a total five million Internet subscribers in a country of over one billion people — with PSTN and ISDN Internet Access Services.
The second phase of the project includes rollout of a broadband access network across 198 cities in India to provide reliable high-speed Internet connectivity and other value-added services and applications.