named the leading IPTV provider in Asia in Multimedia Research Group's latest Global IPTV Market Leaders Report. The in-depth analysis tracks the top 100 IPTV vendors in 24 regional sub-segments. UTStarcom's strategic IPTV deployments and strong subscriber gains drove the company's rise to the top in the Access, VOD, Set-top-Boxes, Middleware and Content Protection categories.
UTStarcom pioneered IPTV in China when it introduced its RollingStream end-to-end IPTV system in 2005. As of March 2009, UTStarcom's RollingStream supported more than 1.32 million live IPTV subscribers globally. In 2008, UTStarcom partnered with Guangxi Telecom Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom, to deploy the first IPTV-based digital signage solution in 14 Guangxi cities. UTStarcom was also among the first to deliver the Olympic Games via IPTV to China viewers during summer 2008. This April, the company was selected as the only technology supplier for the first mobile television system across Hainan province, driven by China Telecom's Hainan branch.
UTStarcom is also a recognized IPTV leader throughout the Indian subcontinent. The company partnered with Aksh Optifibre Ltd. in 2007 to deliver the first commercial IPTV service in Delhi through Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. With UTStarcom's continued partnership, Aksh set an agreement with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to offer its iControl IPTV service in 20 cities across India and additionally in Mumbai with MTNL. UTStarcom also has a long-standing relationship with Bharti Airtel in Delhi NCR. Additionally, UTStarcom's RollingStream platform is being used by Sri Lanka Telecom to deliver IPTV services in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka.