UTStarcom signs IP DSLAM deal with BSNL for the second phase of its national Internet backbone rollout in India

February 25, 2005

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI - News), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and services, today announced that an expansion contract for the deployment of 75,000 ports of its AN-2000(TM) B820 and AN-2000 B100 IP-based Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (IP DSLAM) platforms and related equipment for the second phase of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.'s (BSNL) National Internet Backbone project. This contract extends the initial $9.2 million contract signed with BSNL in August 2004. BSNL is the incumbent and largest telecommunications services provider in India, with a presence in the fixed-line, cellular mobile, long distance and data markets.

"BSNL is a key customer for UTStarcom in the fast growing Indian market, a country with a population of more than one billion people and around five million Internet subscribers," said Ruchir Godura, country manager and director of South Asia operations for UTStarcom. "UTStarcom's IP DSLAM solution will enable BSNL to offer new broadband-based triple play services, such as high-speed Internet access, interactive gaming and multimedia entertainment services like video on demand, that increase subscriber revenues and speed the operator's return on investment."

BSNL's National Internet Backbone is a TCP/IP-based network currently comprising around 400 nodes distributed across India and supporting over one million subscribers with PSTN and ISDN Internet Access Services. The second phase of the project includes rollout of a broadband access network across 198 cities in India to provide reliable high-speed Internet connectivity and other value-added services and applications. UTStarcom's market leading IP DSLAM platform is designed to be a key enabler for BSNL's triple play services strategy.

UTStarcom Inc.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL)

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