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UTStarcom Selected to Deliver First Mobile TV System in Hainan Province

UTStarcom's First Large Scale Mobile IPTV Deployment in China

UTStarcom Selected to Deliver First Mobile TV System in Hainan Province
UTStarcom Selected to Deliver First Mobile TV System in Hainan Province

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI) has been selected as the only technology supplier for the first Mobile Television (TV) system across Hainan province, driven by China Telecom's (NYSE: CHA) Hainan branch. This is the first large-scale Mobile TV system in China to adopt UTStarcom's end-to-end RollingStream(R) platform. The deployment is scheduled to go live on May 17, 2009, as an extension of the existing Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service that Hainan Telecom and UTStarcom have been delivering since 2006.


The system will support unicast, wireless application protocol (WAP) and two modes of access through the mobile phone WAP browser and mobile phone end-user applications. Rich media services will enable all live television broadcast channels to be accessed via time-shift capabilities for up to 72 hours after the original airing. The system also will support online viewing and download, on-demand video and music, billboards, search capabilities and video blogs.

'UTStarcom has long been a leading innovator in Asia's multimedia communications landscape, especially in the IPTV market. We were the first to deploy a digital signage solution using an IPTV platform and were the first to deliver the Olympic Games via IPTV to China viewers,' said
Robert Wu, CEO of UTStarcom China. 'Our RollingStream IPTV platform was created to support a more extensive three-screen video delivery strategy beyond just the television. Mobile TV is the next natural progression in the execution of our long-term video plans.'

UTStarcom will continue to provide Hainan Telecom with full-system engineering for both the IPTV and Mobile TV services to ensure a consistent user experience across all video channels and to maximize video quality in accordance with current bandwidth capabilities. The highly-scalable Mobile TV solution encompasses professional code conversion tools, a sophisticated operation support system and an advanced content storage and distribution platform.

At the end of 2008, UTStarcom's RollingStream end-to-end IPTV system supported more than 1.27 million live IPTV subscribers globally. UTStarcom has announced IPTV deployments in India with Bharti Airtel, BSNL/Aksh, MTNL/Aksh and United Telecoms Limited, in Sri Lanka with SLT, in Japan with Softbank, in Latin America with Brasil Telecom and in Taiwan with Markwell.

About Hainan Telecom

Hainan Telecom Company Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Ltd. It covers domestic wireline telecommunication networks and facilities (including wireless local loops) in Hainan and a wide range of services based on wireline networks, such as voice, data, video and multimedia info-communication services. Hainan Telecom is also engaged in the settlement of international telecommunication services and other telecom-related activities such as system integration, research and development, technical services, information consulting, advertisement, manufacturing and selling communication equipment, designing and construction.

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 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 regarding UTStarcom's future strategy, including statements regarding the company's next generation of IPTV solution. 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: risks associated with delays in product development or customer acceptance and implementation of new products and technologies; economic issues in geographic markets; and rapidly changing technology. 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.

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