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UTStarcom to Supply NetRing Multiservice Optical Transport Solution to BSNL in India

NEW DELHI, India and ALAMEDA, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end
networking solutions and services, today announced a contract to supply its
Metro Ethernet Forum-certified NetRing(TM) 10000i STM-64 optical transport
solution to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), the incumbent and largest
telecommunications operator in India with services in the fixed-line, cellular
mobile, long-distance and data markets.

UTStarcom to Supply NetRing Multiservice Optical Transport Solution to BSNL in India
UTStarcom to Supply NetRing Multiservice Optical Transport Solution to BSNL in India

Contract Represents First Commercial Deployment of UTStarcom's Next-Generation MSTP by BSNL in India

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'BSNL plans to rollout more than six million DSL lines over the next
several years while increasing their wireless subscriber base by approximately
25 million people,' said Vijay Yadav, managing director of South Asia
operations at UTStarcom. 'This staggering growth is indicative of the rapidly
expanding India market, one of the fastest-growing telecommunications markets
globally and a key market for UTStarcom. Our high-capacity, versatile NetRing
solution will enable BSNL to cost effectively augment their nationwide
backbone to efficiently support the significant growth of the broadband and
wireless subscriber base in India.'

This contract represents the third deployment of UTStarcom solutions in
BSNL's nationwide ADSL 2+ network as the operator has already deployed
UTStarcom's iAN-8000 and Total Control 1000 multiservice access solutions.

About Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL)

BSNL, a Government of India owned corporation, is the incumbent and
largest telecommunications services provider in India with a pan-India
footprint but for Delhi and Mumbai. It has a network of over 60 million
subscribers covering 5000 towns with over 35 million telephone connections.
The corporation is an integrated telecommunications service provider with
presence in the fixed line, cellular mobile, long distance and data segments
with over 35 million fixed line, 24 million cellular mobile and 3.9 million
internet subscribers including 0.9 million broadband customers. To know more
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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

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding UTStarcom's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies
regarding the future and including, without limitation, the anticipated date
of deployment of UTStarcom's products and number of expected subscribers; the
anticipated demand for the products; the rapidly changing nature of the
technology and the telecommunications market in India; the termination of new
contracts, partnerships or alliances; changes in government regulation and
licensing requirements in India; and economic and political stability in

All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon
information available to UTStarcom as of the date hereof, and UTStarcom
assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause
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its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and
Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments thereto.

SOURCE UTStarcom, Inc.