UTStarcom Supplies BSNL

UTStarcom announces $8.2M contract for supply of its Total Control 1000 multiservice platform to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

August 18, 2004

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- UTStarcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTSI) , a global leader in IP access networking and services, today announced that it has been awarded contracts valued at $8.2 million for deployment of its Total Control(R) 1000 multiservice access platform and related equipment for the second phase of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.'s (BSNL) National Internet Backbone project. 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.

"This agreement represents the ongoing relationship between UTStarcom and BSNL, a key customer and a company well-positioned to consolidate its leadership position in the intensely competitive Indian telecommunications arena," said David Robison, vice president of international sales and marketing at UTStarcom Inc. "In providing both our Total Control 1000 and IP-DSLAM solutions for the National Internet Backbone project, UTStarcom has made a strong commitment to support BSNL's plans to extend high-speed Internet access to all of India. In addition, this contract also highlights our ability to successfully cross sell technology acquired through the CommWorks acquisition in May 2003 to existing UTStarcom customers."

BSNL's National Internet Backbone is a TCP/IP-based (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) network currently comprising about 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 deployment of remote access services (RAS) and related equipment across 71 cities in 25 telecom regions in India.

"As the second-fastest growing economy in Asia and amongst the fastest growing telecom markets worldwide, India will continue to be a key market for UTStarcom," said Ruchir Godura, country manager and director of South Asia operations at UTStarcom. "BSNL is currently India's largest Internet service provider with over one million subscribers. Its dominance in the fixed-line segment with more than 35 million subscribers presents a tremendous growth opportunity for BSNL in the rapidly growing data services market in India."

UTStarcom Inc.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL)

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