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UTStarcom announces its aggressive plans for Carrier Wi-Fi and its involvement in ‘Advanced Indian Digital Highway’
Plans to offer efficient and cost-effective telecom infrastructure and network solutions to support Wi-Fi deployment, NOFN and Smart Cities Project

The company is ready with its transport, aggregation and access networking solutions to support Smart City initiative

The company announced its aggressive strategy focused on the growth of its end-to-end Wi-Fi product portfolio
UTStarcom (NASDAQ: UTSI), a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, participated in the 23rd Convergence India 2015 Exhibition and Conference as a Platinum Partner of the event, showcasing its advanced broadband and optical network infrastructure technologies offering for Indian market. 
UTStarcom key executives underlined company’s plans to support government initiatives like Smart Cities, NOFN, and Wi-Fi deployments with UTStarcom advanced telecom products and technologies, and announced the aggressive strategy on Carrier Wi-Fi solutions.
“Telecom in India is at the cusp of a transition that is unlike anything ever seen before. Today there is an urgent need of creating a superior Indian digital highway. UTStarcom with its robust portfolio of advanced yet affordable telecom infrastructure solutions is ready to support this cause.” This was underlined by Mr. William Wong, CEO & Director of UTStarcom discussing the company’s future vision for India at the press meeting held at New Delhi. 
Mr. Wong said, “To enable a Superior Digital Indian Highway, there is a need of advanced yet affordable telecom infrastructure and we are ready with our products to efficiently address the need. We are closely following various initiatives of the government of India including the Smart City, the optical NOFN Program deployment plans, Public Wi-Fi deployments. We work with Indian telecom operators, system integrators, and the government, and we plan to extend our efforts significantly in the year 2015 in order to make sure that our products and solutions are the best answer to the needs of the government initiatives. As a leading telecom infrastructure provider, UTStarcom is ready with our transport, aggregation and access networking solutions that may fit into virtually any area of the government initiatives in the telecom area, providing an efficient and reliable access and transport telecom infrastructure throughout India.”
With regards to UTStarcom interest and involvement into the Smart Cities projects, Mr. Wong said, “A real smart city deployment would require a smart metro network to guarantee reliable and efficient connectivity everywhere, every time and for everybody. The future of networking will rely more on software, which will accelerate the pace of innovation for networks as it has in the computing and storage domains. Efficient and cost-effective SDN/NFV-enabled network infrastructure, Next-generation metro transport network and Scalable and efficient broadband access solutions offered by UTStarcom promises to transform today's static networks into flexible, programmable platforms with the intelligence to allocate resources dynamically, bringing lots of benefits to dynamic and adaptive telecom infrastructure of smart cities. 
The importance of a carrier-class Wi-Fi solution for the market was emphasized. This technology is going to help operators provide wider broadband coverage, higher data rates and better overall user experience to their customers using cost-effective and easy-to-deploy infrastructure based on license-free spectrum.
Speaking on the opportunities in Carrier Wi-Fi business, Mr. Shalin Shah, Co-GM, India Operation, UTStarcom, said, “Wi-Fi is demonstrating a continuous growth since 2007. Wi-Fi equipment market is expected to reach $3.9B by 2017. With the tremendous growth in mobile traffic, smartphone consumer base and strapping internet penetration, Wi-Fi is going to play increasingly important role in future telecom industry, being an important part of M2M, Internet of Things and other emerging trends. We are going to proactively promote and educate the market about our Carrier Wi-Fi product line, its unique combination of features and benefits that it offers, through participation in exhibitions and conferences, presence in press, road shows and other activities as relevant. We plan to work closely with major telecom operators, system integrators, and the government. We will also evaluate opportunities in enterprise market in India.”
Speaking on the carrier Wi-Fi applied to Smart Cities initiative, Shalin Sha said, “Our carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution is extremely well suited for smart city access applications. The solution offers very high reliability and scalability, and provides extreme performance and extended feature set as required for smart city implementations. A single platform can serve up to 2.6 Millions of subscribers through up to 120,000 wireless access points throughout the city. Our end-to-end Wi-Fi product portfolio consists of a full range of indoor and outdoor access points, centralized wireless network control system and services management solution that can efficiently address the needs of smart city related applications. In addition, the solution offers multiple monetization options, which can make the smart city projects much more attractive to commercial service providers.”
Mr. Rahul Pandey, Director, Sales & Marketing, SAARC said, “With this 23rd Convergence India 2015, we have outlined our roadmap for Indian Telecom Industry. We are dedicated to develop technology that will serve the rapidly growing demand in the market for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming and other applications. As the expo was themed as ‘Connecting India’, the company aims to contribute towards the changes and development in the telecom industry and provide pertinent infrastructure support to telecommunications carriers for proficiently servicing the speedily growing demand of an advanced ‘Indian Digital Highway’.”
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