announces the launch of its IPTV Technology Center and Center of Excellence in India. The IPTV Technology Center will take a lead role in the formation of India's IPTV regulation, and the Center of Excellence will provide post-sales support for all of UTStarcom's customers in the country. Both Centers are based in UTStarcom's Gurgaon office.
The IPTV Technology Center will focus on localization and customization of UTStarcom's IPTV products in India. UTStarcom's primary goal is to share global perspectives on IPTV implementation standards and identify synergies with potential IPTV partners for future deployment collaborations. The Center will also enable UTStarcom to analyze and conduct extensive background research on current market trends, opportunities and individual operator needs before the company enters into new customer agreements.
The Center of Excellence is an IPTV lab that will emulate the customer network and simulate customer-reported problems in various conditions. This will allow the company to modify its technology before it is deployed to create an optimal end-user experience.
UTStarcom's investment in these IPTV centers reinforces its commitment to helping customers achieve their operational and network efficiency goals. UTStarcom currently has IPTV contracts with leading service providers in India including Bharti Airtel in Delhi NCR, and with Aksh Optifibre for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in 20 cities across India and with Aksh Optifibre for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd in Delhi and Mumbai. UTStarcom has also announced IPTV deployments with United Telecoms Limited in India and with SLT in Sri Lanka.