UTStarcom, Ruckus to provide wireless IPTV soln

by CXOtoday Staff    May 12, 2010

UTStarcom has partnered with Ruckus Wireless to provide wireless IPTV solutions in India. Through this association, UTStarcom will use Ruckus’ MediaFlex series of products to address the challenges faced by the IPTV service providers. This will enable service providers to get rid of the conventional method of running an ethernet cable from the DSL modem to the Set-top-box (STB) - which are generally located in two different locations in homes.

Commenting on the partnership, Vijay Yadav, MD, UTStarcom, said, "Awareness and adoption of IPTV has been gradually increasing in India. UTStarcom being the clear leader in broadband and IPTV in India deems it an important responsibility to contribute proactively to the growth of the industry and address the challenges and provide value added services to its customers."

MediaFlex will be connected to the broadband gateway/router via a standard Ethernet connection and Ruckus multimedia adapter will connect to UTStarcom’s Ethernet-equipped set-top box. Ruckus has three different options of the routers and adapters (802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n). IPTV or other video content from the broadband network or a video server can be streamed through Ruckus AP across the wireless LAN (WLAN) to the Ruckus multimedia adapter, which forwards it to the video receiver.

Sudarshan Boosupalli, GM - India Operations, Ruckus Wireless, said, "MediaFlex will enable UTStarcom’s RollingStream IPTV solution with rapid deployment of quad-play services and flicker-free distribution of concurrent high definition MPEG-2 IPTV streams."