UTStarcom, which has entered into a pact with Aksh Optifibre to deploy the former’s end-to-end RollingStream Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) solution, has announced the rollout of its service in 20 cities on Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s (BSNL) ADSL 2+ network.
The IPTV offering will be made available to over 250,000 BSNL broadband subscribers in 20 cities across India with Aksh’s iControl service. This tie-up 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 programmes.
Dr Kailash S Choudhari, Chairman and Managing Director, Aksh Optifibre, said, “Demand for IPTV in India is increasing exponentially and UTStarcom is supplying Aksh with the solutions and infrastructure it needs to continue that momentum.”
“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,” Choudhari added.
BSNL currently delivers a portfolio of communications services and maintains a reach of all broadband and wireline operators in India; as a result, both Aksh and UTStarcom’s IPTV footprint within India will increase significantly in terms of scope of deployments and total commercially-deployed customer base upon completion of this BSNL IPTV network.
UTStarcom has long-standing relationships with both Aksh and BSNL for IPTV, broadband and NGN-related deployments. In June 2008, UTStarcom and Aksh had announced their collaboration to deliver high-quality IPTV services to MTNL subscribers in Mumbai.
Vijay Yadav, Vice President and Managing Director, South Asia Operations, UTStarcom, said, “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. 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 utilises television in their daily lives.”
UTStarcom, Aksh in pact to extend IPTV services to MTNL subscribers in Mumbai