UTStarcom, a provider of networking solutions and services, has announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with Bell & Tell, to offer bundled voice and data services in Pakistan using UTStarcom’s gigabit ethernet passive optical network and VoIP technologies.
The broadband voice and data deployment by Bell & Tell is scheduled to roll out in phases. The first phase will consist of a multi-million dollar deployment of UTStarcom’s Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON), a FTTH/B platform designed to deliver high-speed voice, data and video services to residential and business subscribers. An iAN-08E Series VoIP Gateway will also be integrated into the network – extending the existing phone equipment’s functionality by enabling an end-to-end interconnection between legacy analog phones and voice-enabled broadband networks. Maxim Telecom, UTStarcom’s local reseller, will help with the deployment of the network. The second phase, which will start in Q1 2008, involves expansion to additional regions in Pakistan.
Shafqat Iqbal, CEO of Bell & Tell, said: Due to the changing telecom climate in Pakistan, Bell & Tell plans to aggressively deploy new voice and data network technologies in the coming months, with plans to exceed 100,000 subscribers using the company’s broadband and next generation network (NGN) services in the next two to three years. With UTStarcom’s complete end-to-end, IP-based GEPON and VoIP solutions, our company will enjoy more flexibility in our deployments and offerings and become better equipped to answer the individual needs of our customers and ensure that we remain at the forefront of that climate change.
Youssef Kassissia, vice president of sales in EMEA region, said: We are pleased to partner with Bell & Tell to bring unlimited end user services and applications to this market, enabled by UTStarcom’s completely IP-based GEPON Fiber-to-the-home solution. As UTStarcom’s Fiber-To-The- Home/Building market share expands across the EMEA region, we are proving our commitment to not only expand our global client base, but to provide an efficient broadband infrastructure alternative that promises to be an innovative experience.