has been recognized as the leading broadband infrastructure company in India by Voice&Data for the second year in a row. The V&D100 Top Broadband Infrastructure Company award, which was presented to UTStarcom during the V&D100 Awards by S. C. Khanna, Secretary General, Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India, recognizes UTStarcom's sustained leadership in broadband infrastructure and its direct impact on India's telecom market growth. The Voice&Data 100 is an exhaustive annual survey conducted by Voice&Data Magazine, the leading magazine in the Indian telecom services and equipment industries. The ranking of companies in several segments, including broadband, is derived from Voice&Data's vendor revenue estimates based on surveys and market analysis.
According to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India, India has 4.38 million broadband internet users with download speeds in excess of 256 kilobytes per second (kbps) as of June 2008, a figure that has nearly doubled since April 2007.
"As India continues to try to reach its ambitious target of 20 million broadband subscribers by 2010, UTStarcom plays a steadfast role as a key catalyst by providing the latest enabling technologies and equipment to India's leading service providers," said Vijay Yadav, vice president and managing director, South Asia operations for UTStarcom. "We are also the technology provider for the first IPTV service in India and we strive to remain at the core of India's broadband growth."
UTStarcom's market position, as determined by the Voice&Data100 survey, demonstrates the company's continued leadership in critical projects in India such as the BSNL multi-play deployment that began in 2007, the pioneering IPTV deployments with Bharti Airtel and Aksh/MTNL and other key broadband initiatives coinciding with the Government of India's 2007 Year of Broadband campaign. UTStarcom offers a wide range of products that enable service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable voice, data and video services in both emerging and established telecommunications markets worldwide.
In addition, UTStarcom enables service providers to further monetize their existing broadband infrastructure by offering IPTV and complementary value added services that can be bundled with existing voice and data services to improve ARPU and reduce overall churn. UTStarcom's RollingStream(R) end-to-end IPTV system can be integrated into existing broadband networks to serve as the delivery platform for revenue-generating applications such as IP video surveillance, video conferencing, distance learning, digital signage, interactive voting, hospitality applications and advanced advertising.
UTStarcom's RollingStream IPTV system currently supports more than 956,000 live IPTV subscribers globally and maintains a current total system capacity of more than 2.5 million subscribers as a result of deployments in China with China Netcom and China Telecom, in India with Bharti Airtel, Aksh/MTNL and United Telecoms Limited, in Sri Lanka with SLT, in Japan with Softbank, in Latin America with Brasil Telecom and in Taiwan with Markwell.
UTStarcom's Broadband solutions enable deployment of IP-based, high-speed Internet, voice, data and multimedia services over wireline and optical networks.