UTStarcom has announced a contract to supply its RollingStream end-to-end IPTV solution to Bharti Airtel. The solution will enable Bharti Airtel to offer a completely new service to its customers consisting of live broadcast television, time-shifted TV and video-on-demand (VoD) bundled with the operator’s existing broadband and voice services, which can all be consolidated into a single monthly bill. Airtel expects to offer this new service bundle to customers in Gurgaon and the National Capital Region (NCR) by the end of the year. The service will be rolled out in a phased manner across eight additional regions in the country.
‘We are happy to team with UTStarcom to offer IPTV and other new services to our customers in India,’ said Atul Bindal, president of Airtel Broadband and Telephone Services. ‘UTStarcom’s RollingStream solution has proven technology to support our requirements in rolling out IPTV service in India. We are running our IPTV trials in Gurgaon and have received a favourable response from our customers participating in these trials.’
Earlier this year UTStarcom announced a three-year contract through its collaboration with Aksh Optifibre to deploy its RollingStream solution for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL). In addition to its deployments in India, UTStarcom also has commercial IPTV deployments with China Telecom and China Netcom in China and Softbank in Japan.