UTStarcom announces two Wi-fi projects in India
UTStarcom announced two significant Wi-Fi project wins in India with Bharat Sanchar Nigam, or BSNL, a large public sector company that provides a comprehensive range of telecom services in India. BSNL is one of the Company's major customers in the region. UTStarcom is assisting BSNL in providing high-speed data services to over 1,000 remote village clusters in Northern and North Eastern India. Using a combination of satellite links and Wi-Fi hotspots mainly powered by solar, hundreds of thousands of residents will soon have modern broadband internet access. Through the partnership with ITI Limited, a government-owned manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in India, UTStarcom is also assisting BSNL in implementing a massive public hotspot network in rural India. Utilizing their existing network of rural telephone exchanges, BSNL will install 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across wide areas of rural India.