China Telecom to Offer IPTV Services in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Powered By UTStarcom's RollingStream End-to-End IPTV System

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

ALAMEDA, Calif. — UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and services, today announced that the company won a bid to deploy its RollingStream™ end-to-end IPTV solution with China Telecom (CTC) for a new commercial IPTV network in China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

“UTStarcom’s RollingStream is the most widely deployed IPTV platform in China with approximately 270,000 live subscribers to date in commercial deployments in more than 13 provinces throughout the country,” said Brian Caskey, vice president of worldwide marketing at UTStarcom, Inc. “We believe our proven expertise deploying and managing large-scale IP networks in China, coupled with our extensive collaborations with Shanghai Media Group, BesTV, the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) and the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), make UTStarcom the dominant IPTV technology leader in China today.”

With a total population of more than five million people, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is located near the geographical central northern edge of China and bordered by the Shaanxi (Shanxi) and Gansu provinces as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The initial deployment, which has the capacity to support 10,000 subscribers, will offer 52 live broadcast television channels, 48-hour time-shifting capabilities, 3,000 hours of video-on-demand (VOD) content and valued-added services including karaoke, online gaming, TV-based SMS and other interactive applications. UTStarcom is providing the complete RollingStream solution, from the streaming servers through the set-top boxes in the subscriber’s home.