US-based equipment vendor UTStarcom has won an expansion tender from Beijing Television (BTV) to enhance the capabilities of its existing IPTV broadcasting control platform.
The expanded platform will feature a new IP-based safe distribution system that will improve Beijing Television’s IPTV content-management and distribution capabilities, monitor content distribution issues in real time, and automatically replace weak signals whenever a problem is identified.
UTStarcom built Beijing Television’s existing IPTV broadcasting control platform (IBCP) in 2010, and this contract represents the first such expansion project awarded to the company.
Since 2010, UTStarcom has built ten IBCPs across China, specifically in Beijing, Chongqing, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Shandong, Shenzhen, Sichuan, Tianjin, and Zhejiang.
The company won a similar contract earlier this month from China’s Hainan Network Television (HNWTV) to build an integrated IPTV broadcasting control platform in Hainan province – more details here.
UTStarcom is headquartered in California and was founded during the early nineties with an initial focus on the Chinese market, which is where the majority of its employees are still located.
Since selling its personal communications division to AIG Investments in 2008, UTStarcom now focuses primarily on IPTV, broadband and Next-Generation Networks.