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UTStarcom Continues IPTV Momentum in India With Aksh Optifibre Contract

ALAMEDA, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom, Inc.
(Nasdaq: UTSI), today announced it has signed a new contract with Aksh
Optifibre, Ltd. (BOM: 532351) that expands the operator's deployment of the
industry-leading RollingStream(R) Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) solution.
UTStarcom's second deal with Aksh demonstrates the company's continued
commitment to building and delivering IPTV capabilities throughout India.

UTStarcom Continues IPTV Momentum in India With Aksh Optifibre Contract
UTStarcom Continues IPTV Momentum in India With Aksh Optifibre Contract

Second Aksh Contract for UTStarcom IPTV Solution Signals Demand and Deployment Success


Aksh originally selected UTStarcom in early 2007 to deliver the first
commercial IPTV service in India through Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL)
in Delhi. The current contract helps Aksh extend its reach and deliver the
same high-quality IPTV services to subscribers of MTNL in Mumbai, India.

Aksh announced the launch of its IPTV and VoIP services in Mumbai on the
MTNL network in March 2008, as an expansion to the initial launch of these
services on the MTNL Delhi network in July 2007.

One of India's leading optical fibre cable manufacturers and one of the
first companies in India to set up its own fibre optic manufacturing units,
Aksh is delivering next-generation telecommunications services in the
fast-growing India market.

'UTStarcom's RollingStream IPTV solution is a completely IP-based platform
that will enable better delivery of the interactive entertainment services we
plan to extend to our customers,' said Dr.
Kailash S. Choudhari, managing
director at Aksh Optifibre Ltd. 'Innovation brings progress and Aksh
understands the importance of maintaining cutting-edge technology as India
embarks on pivotal IPTV growth. Our relationship with UTStarcom to bring the
first IPTV service to India led that innovation, and now we are hoping to
bring those high-quality entertainment services to more subscribers.'

UTStarcom's RollingStream end-to-end IPTV system supports more than
850,000 live IPTV subscribers globally. The system maintains a current total
system capacity exceeding 2.5 million subscribers as a result of recent
successful deployments in China with
China Netcom and China Telecom, in India
with Bharti Airtel, MTNL/Aksh and United Telecoms Limited, in Sri Lanka with
SLT, in Japan with Softbank, in Latin America with Brasil Telecom, in Taiwan
with Markwell and in Europe with Jersey Telecom.

UTStarcom was recently recognized with two award distinctions for the
company's IPTV and broadband work and advancement in India. VARIndia named
UTStarcom this year's 'Most Trusted Company' in India in the areas of
broadband and IPTV leadership. UTStarcom also received an 'Excellence in
Telecom Services and Solutions' award from the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers
Association (TEMA) in India for the company's innovation in IPTV, broadband
and NGN and its direct impact on India's telecom market growth.

'IPTV is building steady momentum in India and UTStarcom's understanding
of the growing environment gives us a market advantage,' said
Vijay Yadav,
vice president and managing director, South Asia operations, UTStarcom.
'UTStarcom's relationship with Aksh will assist the operator in bringing more
IPTV-based services to its customers, increasing revenue opportunities and
maintaining its leadership position in India.'

About Aksh Optifibre, Ltd.

Gurgaon-based Aksh Optifibre Ltd. is a leading optical fibre cable
manufacturer in India. The company produces a variety of cables, including
singlemode and multimode cables; duct cables; armored and aerial cables;
indoor and outdoor cables; and ribbon fiber optic cables. Aksh was one of the
first companies in India to set up its own fiber optic manufacturing units.
The company's main product is a Fiber-to-the-Home solution. Aksh is the first
company to provide IPTV Services in India with the largest subscriber base.

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 development operations in the United States, Canada,
China, Korea and India. For more information about UTStarcom, visit the
company's Web site at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding UTStarcom's future
strategy, including statements regarding the anticipated growth of IPTV
services in Mumbai and Delhi, India. These statements are forward-looking in
nature and subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to
differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements include:
increased competition; economic issues in the identified geographic markets;
possible delays in system deployment; risks associated with customer
acceptance; termination of new contracts, partnerships or alliances; changes
in anticipated number of subscribers and traffic; and changes in government
regulation and licensing requirements. Please also refer to UTStarcom's
periodic reports that are filed from time to time with the Securities and
Exchange commission, including our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K,
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. UTStarcom
assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these
forward-looking statements.

SOURCE UTStarcom, Inc.