UTStarcom, Appear TV, ECI Telecom make intl announcements

Mon, 10/20/2008 - 8:10am
Traci Patterson

Three international deployment announcements were released today – by UTStarcom, Appear TV and ECI Telecom.

UTStarcom announced that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), India’s largest broadband and telecom provider, has extended its contract with UTStarcom to build the second phase of its countrywide, multiplay network, which was launched in December 2007.

During this second phase, UTStarcom will deploy its iAN-8000 multi-service access node (MSAN) solution in 962 cities throughout India to enable the addition of 1.1 million new broadband subscriber lines. The network expansion will help BSNL accelerate its existing broadband connections on subscriber lines by more than 30 times the current speed, UTStarcom said. BSNL has a network of more than 74 million subscribers.

UTStarcom will continue to serve as the turnkey provider for phase two of the deployment, maintaining full responsibility for the network design and planning, deployment, service rollout and maintenance of the network. And with UTStarcom's ADSL2+-based broadband solutions, BSNL will be able to expand its offerings of broadband-based, triple-play services to include services such as video-on-demand (VOD), video multicast, VPN and high-speed Internet to an additional 1.1 million broadband subscribers.

Appear TV and HFC Technics have announced the integration and commercial deployment of the Appear TV SC2000 IPTV headend into HFC Technics’ Smart-End, end-to-end IPTV and cable solution. The HFC Technics Smart-End solution, powered by the Appear TV SC2000, is already providing three operators with more than 60 SD and HD television services.

Smart-End provides Hungary’s small- to medium-size cable and IPTV operators with an end-to-end digital TV solution. The Smart-End and Appear TV SC2000 combination is ideal for operators looking to move to a hybrid IPTV and cable architecture, the companies said.

HFC Technics plans to rollout the solution to a total of nine operators within the coming year.

And ECI Telecom’s 9700 Series Carrier Ethernet Switch Router (CESR) has been selected by Metrosystems, a system integrator in Switzerland, for its carrier-class Ethernet solution portfolio.

Part of ECI's recently announced 1Net business framework, ECI’s cost-effective, future-proof CESR platform was selected to provide efficient support for the latest Ethernet and IP services, the company said. The CESR 9700 Series is providing Metrosystems and its customers with an end-to-end, carrier-grade packet transport solution that is MEF-certified.

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