UTStarcom Highlights Importance of Carrier Wi-Fi, SDN, Nextgen Transport at its Flagship Event


With an aim to support India in creating a ‘Superior Digital Highway’, UTStarcom, a global telecommunications infrastructure provider has announced its aggressive plans and product portfolio for transport, aggregation and access networking solutions for Indian market in ‘Nextgen Access & Transport India 2015’.

In line up to the government initiatives like NOFN and Smart City, the company discussed the future of Wi-Fi, Nextgen access and transport in India.

‘Nextgen Access & Transport India 2015’ witnessed the presence of experts from the field of telecom, Wi-Fi, Mobile Services, Network Transport and Telecom Infrastructure. Industry leaders including BSNL, Airtel, MTNL, VVNL, Tata Technologies Limited (TTL) Tata Docomo and DEN Network discussed the great industry insights, strategies, demands, and challenges for Superior Digital Highway in India.

As part of the deliberations, industry leaders shared their views on topics like relevance of FTTx in the era of Mobile Broadband 3G/LTE/ Wi-Fi Technologies and identifying the True Value of SDN and NFV for Carriers.

Underlining the importance and benefits of Carrier Wi-Fi, SDN Network, Nextgen Access and Transport UTStarcom shared that the future of networking will rely more on software, which will accelerate the pace of innovation for networks as it has in the computing and storage domains.

Efficient and cost-effective SDN/NFV-enabled network infrastructure, Next-generation metro transport network and scalable and efficient broadband access solutions is the need of the hour. The deployment of Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi is going to help operators provide wider broadband coverage, higher data rates and better overall user experience to their customers.

Speaking on the future of Wi-Fi and Nextgen access in India and UTStarcom’s role in the same, Rahul Pandey, Director, Sales & Marketing, SAARC said, “We aim to introduce our core competency, which is the packet optical transport where we have recently introduced 100 Gigabit Ethernet services product – TN765 that we think will be the best solution for the program. In India, we see a huge interest from operators in developing the Carrier Wi-Fi market, along with an interest to SDN/NFV technologies, 4G mobile backhaul and capitalize on Virtualization NFV with mCloud, which we seek to address with our cutting-edge products.”

“SDN/NFV (Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization) technologies have the potential of revolutionizing the way that our broadband service provider customers operate and meet the evolving needs of their end-user customers. SDN/NFV technologies help to enhance overall network performance and efficiency and improve customer experience, and are particularly useful in telecom networks for a speedier entry of value added services and business models into the telecom sector,” he added.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Shalin Y. Shah, Head, India Operations, UTStarcom India said, “Wi-Fi is demonstrating a continuous growth since 2007. Wi-Fi equipment market is expected to reach $3.9B by 2017. With the tremendous growth in mobile traffic, smartphone consumer base and strapping internet penetration, Wi-Fi is going to play increasingly important role in future telecom industry, being an important part of M2M, Internet of Things and other emerging trends. We are going to proactively promote and educate the market about our Carrier Wi-Fi product line, its unique combination of features and benefits that it offers, through participation in exhibitions and conferences, presence in press, road shows and other activities as relevant. We plan to work closely with major telecom operators, system integrators, and the government. We will also evaluate opportunities in enterprise market in India.”