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UTStarcom and Aksh to Power BSNL's New iControl IPTV Service

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September 02, 2008

UTStarcom and Aksh to Power BSNL's New iControl IPTV Service

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

UTStarcom (News - Alert) has entered into a contract with Aksh Optifibre to deploy UTStarcom's end-to-end RollingStream Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) solution in 20 cities on Bharat Sanchar Nigam’s ADSL 2+ network.

To be available to over 250,000 BSNL (News - Alert) broadband subscribers in 20 cities throughout India with Aksh's iControl service, the IPTV solution will give both large cities and small towns the opportunity to experience interactive entertainment such as time-shifting, video-on-demand (VOD), interactive gaming, live television voting and distance learning programs.
"The demand for IPTV (News - Alert) in India is increasing exponentially and UTStarcom is supplying Aksh with the solutions and infrastructure it needs to continue that momentum," said Dr. Kailash Choudhari, chairman and managing director at Aksh Optifibre.
"UTStarcom's understanding of the market and ability to produce cutting-edge technology allows Aksh to easily advance its IPTV strategy in India and improve the viewing experience for our customers, while also meeting internal operational goals,” added Choudhari.
New Delhi-based Aksh Optifibre, Ltd. is an optical fibre cable manufacturer in India. The company produces a variety of cables, including singlemode and multimode cables; duct cables; armored and aerial cables; indoor and outdoor cables; and ribbon fiber optic cables.
Aksh is the first company to provide IPTV Services in India with the largest subscriber base.
BSNL currently delivers the most comprehensive portfolio of communications services and maintains the greatest reach of all broadband and wireline operators in India. As a result, both Aksh and UTStarcom's IPTV footprint within India are expected to increase significantly in terms of scope of deployments and total commercially-deployed customer base upon completion of this BSNL IPTV network.
BSNL, a Government of India owned corporation, has a network of over 60 million subscribers covering 5000 towns with over 35 million fixed line telephone connections.
The corporation is an integrated telecommunications service provider with presence in the fixed line, cellular mobile, long distance and data segments with over 35 million fixed line, 24 million cellular mobile and 3.9 million internet subscribers including 0.9 million broadband customers
"India is moving toward becoming a top IPTV market and companies such as Aksh and BSNL are making inroads to turn those aspirations into reality," said Vijay Yadav, vice president and managing director, South Asia operations, UTStarcom.
"RollingStream's unique end-to-end architecture allows it to be both flexible and long-reaching in scope to support deployments in a small populated town or an entire country or region. Through BSNL's network and UTStarcom technology, Aksh will build an iControl IPTV base that will change the way most of India utilizes television in their daily lives,” explained Yadav.
UTStarcom is a global player in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and international service and support. The company sells its solutions to operators in both emerging and established telecommunications markets around the world.
UTStarcom enables its customers to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end IP networks.
UTStarcom's RollingStream end-to-end 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.
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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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