UTStarcom, a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, has been awarded a significant contract to support a major Carrier Wi-Fi system integration for Banglalion Communications Ltd. (Banglalion Communications), a leading WiMAX (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access) 4G operator in Bangladesh.
This partnership further complements UTStarcom’s efforts to expand its global footprint and will allow the Company to enter a new growth market.
As part of the contract, UTStarcom will supply the Carrier Wi-Fi solution to Banglalion Communications within Bangladesh. It will also include the Access Controller, Access Point and EMS management system. UTStarcom will also supply and integrate the Carrier Wi-Fi system equipped with a TD-LTE service and this will enable the operator to unify user and billing management.
Banglalion is currently using WiMAX technology, having recently obtained a nationwide license from BTRC to deploy the more advanced 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. This will allow them to offer enhanced broadband wireless access services. Banglalion will modernize and expand its Wi-Fi network using UTStarcom’s technology. As a result, customers will be able to use the very latest wireless broadband technology at a much more competitive rate in key public locations including hospitals, educational institutions and shopping centers.
“Banglalion Communications is a very important new customer for UTStarcom as we expand our global presence to include Bangladesh,” said William Wong, Chief Executive Officer of UTStarcom. “We look forward to working in partnership with Banglalion Communications as they enhance the data connectivity for their end-users. This is a major advancement for UTStarcom as we expand our market share in the managed Carrier Wi-Fi market. We are now firmly established as a market leader in this space, not just in Japan but in other markets around the globe.”
UTStarcom Carrier Wi-Fi product portfolio consists of a full range of access points, centralized wireless network control system and services management solution. UTStarcom Carrier Wi-Fi solution is a platform which will enable operators to add additional features and applications in the future, giving the operators a scalable solution to meet their evolving business needs.
This is an initial project for UTStarcom in Bangladesh and the first time UTStarcom Carrier Wi-Fi solution is going to be adopted by another operator, having successfully piloted the product with Softbank in Japan. UTStarcom co-developed this Carrier Wi-Fi solution with Softbank and it focuses on the end-user experience and large scale deployment thereby offering both greater efficiencies and high performance at a reasonable cost.