UTStarcom bags $24 mn BSNL deal

UTStarcom has bagged a $24 million contract to support BSNL’s major network enhancement for providing next generation multimedia services to its customers.

The company will supply multi-service access network (MSAN) equipment and support design, engineering and installation for BSNL. BSNL is upgrading its network to offer next generation multimedia Services and the upgrade entails migrating existing PSTN/ISDN customers to NGN to enable supplementary services using Internet Protocol along with basic telephony.

The upgrade will cover broadband lines for a wide swath of residential and enterprise customers across western and northern regions of India that include large urban centers such as Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakand and Chattisgargh.

UTStarcom is working with ITI for the BSNL network upgrade for next generation services to its customers.

“This project takes us deeper into India’s telecom market which is one of the largest, fastest growing and most competitive after undergoing successive rounds of liberalization since the 1990’s,” said William Wong, chief executive officer, UTStarcom.

“We are leveraging existing relationships with India’s leading carriers and tech companies, like BSNL and ITI, to find opportunities in this country, which is poised to have one of the largest bases of Internet users worldwide,” added Wong.

“We are happy to have UTStarcom partner with us on this important project,” said RK Upadhyay, chairman & managing director, BSNL.

“UTStarcom has been a reliable partner in the past, and we have successfully deployed a large number of their broadband access products on our network,” added Upadhyay.

“UTStarcom has made a major contribution to the growth of our broadband business,” said NK Gupta, director and BSNL board member.

“This current project builds on a relationship that dates back more than a decade. I fully expect it to lead to more opportunities for collaboration in the future,” added Gupta.

This is the latest project for UTStarcom in India, a market where it already holds 35 percent share for broadband Internet network equipment. There are approximately 15 million wireline broadband customers in India, of which UTStarcom has supplied more than six million DSL ports.

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