UTStarcom Wins Contracts From Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company to Deploy Next-Generation Network in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines and ALAMEDA, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end
networking solutions and services, today announced the deployment of 150,000
lines of its mSwitch(R) IP-based softswitch platform and iAN-8000(R)
Multiservice Access Node (MSAN) as the foundation for a new, next-generation
network with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the leading
telecommunications provider in the Philippines.
'PLDT has always been a leader in innovation. Our new, next-generation
network will enable our customers to access innovative services such as VoIP
and IPTV that can only be made possible through cutting-edge network
technologies,' said George N. Lim, senior vice president at PLDT. 'Using
UTStarcom's mSwitch and iAN-8000 solutions, we can reach more subscribers,
offer new services, and accommodate more traffic with a more efficient and
easier to manage network. This is only the beginning of the transformation of
PLDT's network to the newest, state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure that
will provide a multitude of benefits to our customers.'
The first phase of the deployment targets unserved and underserved areas,
key business locations and areas that need a capacity upgrade in Cavite,
Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan and metro Manila.
'PLDT is among the first operators in the world to successfully migrate
its Class 5 legacy TDM-based switches to a single, all-IP softswitch
marketing at UTStarcom, Inc. 'By utilizing our mSwitch, PLDT will be able to
improve the operational efficiency of its network while expanding both the
array of broadband and wireless services it can offer as well as the
subscribers that it can reach. With more than 200 billion minutes of IP usage
on an annual basis in deployments around the world, our mSwitch is designed to
serve as the IP core enabler for a multitude of integrated applications and
services that will drive customer revenue and increase subscriber loyalty. '
'Class 4 and 5 switch replacement is increasingly becoming a trend across
the industry as operators around the world are currently considering their
options when replacing TDM-based equipment reaching its end-of-life point,'
said Jahangir Raina, director at industry research firm iLocus. 'The
deployment of UTStarcom's mSwitch next-generation technology at PLDT, one of
the top-tier service providers in the world, is a validation of UTStarcom's
leading position in the Class 5 replacement market. In 2006, iLocus estimated
UTStarcom to have supported 191 billion minutes of Class 5 traffic over its
mSwitch(R) NGN softswitch. Having UTStarcom replace the legacy voice equipment
in PLDT is a clear substantiation of the 99.999 reliability and Class 5
features offered by the mSwitch(R) softswitch.'
The deal represents UTStarcom's first contract in the Philippine market
and demonstrates its ongoing efforts to develop the Asia Pacific region, one
of the fastest growing markets for IT and telecommunication services in the
'We see increasing market demand for next-generation services and
applications like IPTV and VoIP in the Asia Pacific region,' King added.
'UTStarcom will continue to develop the Asia Pacific market and address the
growing demand for next-generation technologies with our cost-effective and
flexible IP-based solutions.'
About UTStarcom, Inc.
UTStarcom is a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and international service and support. The company sells its broadband,
wireless, and handset solutions to operators in both emerging and established
telecommunications markets around the world. UTStarcom enables its customers
to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing
infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end
IP networks. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Alameda, California, the
company has research and design operations in the
For more information about UTStarcom, visit the company's Web site at
About Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company
PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider in the
Through its three principal business groups -- fixed line, wireless and
information communications technology -- PLDT offers a wide range of
telecommunications services across the
backbone and fixed line, cellular and satellite network.
PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: TEL) and its
American depositary shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE: PHI) and the Pacific Exchange. PLDT has one of the largest market
capitalizations among Philippine listed companies.
Further information can be obtained by visiting the web at
The foregoing statements regarding, without limitation, the anticipated
deployment of the Company's products in the
benefits to service providers provided by the Company's products, the
anticipated transformation of service provider networks to accommodate greater
traffic, the anticipated deployment targets and timing of deployment of the
Company's products, anticipated trends in switch replacement in the industry
in which the Company sells its products, anticipated growth in demand for
services that utilize the Company's products, and the Company's plans to
continue to develop the Asia Pacific market are forward-looking in nature and
are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ
materially. These factors include rapidly changing technology, the rapidly
changing nature of the
markets, possible delays in system deployments or product introductions,
possible downturns in the telecommunications markets of the
Asia Pacific region generally and worldwide, the termination of new contracts,
partnerships or alliances, and other uncertainties, such as changes in
government regulation and licensing requirements and economic and political
stability in the
also refers readers to the risk factors identified in its Annual Report on
Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K as
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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