UTStarcom, a player in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and services, has tied up with MTNL and Aksh Optifibre for its IPTV service in Mumbai and Delhi. The service, priced at Rs 125, will utilise MTNL’s existing broadband network for providing traditional broadcast television, video, music-on-demand, videoconferencing capabilities and time-shifted TV, allowing users to access television content on any channel up to one week in the past.
Vijay Yadav, MD, UTStarcom, South Asia, said, “This contract is a testament to both UTStarcom’s leadership in the IPTV industry as well as our dominant position as a provider of innovative broadband technologies to the Indian market. UTStarcom’s IPTV solution is already deployed with leading service providers in China, Japan and India, and we hope to bring in a paradigm shift in Indian television viewing through our award winning Rolling Stream.”
MTNL, with its 1.52 lakh broadband subscribers in Delhi and 1.83 lakh in Mumbai, will offer this service to its broadband subscribers using its existing broadband network. Commenting on the service, R S P Sinha, Chairman and MD, MTNL, remarked, “Consumers have come to expect sterling services that are both innovative and affordable from MTNL. By providing the country’s first IPTV service, we take the lead, yet again, in ushering in a true revolution in home entertainment.”
According to Dr Kailash S Choudhari, MD, Aksh Optifibre, “The cooperation with UTStarcom ideally complements our know-how. The start of IPTV services with MTNL is clearing the way for deployment of fibre-to-the-home solutions at the subscriber’s home.”