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Executive Update[edit]

Hi –

It’s Don Pokorny again from UTStarcom. I am going to go ahead and update UTStarcom’s upper right hand information box with the recent executive team changes I discussed below. Thanks, Don

Contract73 (talk) 20:27, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Hi –

It’s Don Pokorny again from UTStarcom. I am going to go ahead and update UTStarcom’s article with only the factual – and neutral – information listed below about recent executive team changes and company divestitures. I realize that it would be better for a Wikipedia editor to update the article, but I haven’t heard back from anyone since my last note on the discussion page two weeks ago and wanted to be sure that anyone who views our Wikipedia article is receiving accurate information about our company. There are still additional corrections and updates that need to be made regarding our core business areas and technologies, but I’m happy to work with a Wikipedia editor to update that when they have some time if someone would like to contact me.

Thanks, Don

Contract73 (talk) 18:08, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Hi David –

This is Don Pokorny from UTStarcom. I was just looking at UTSTarcom’s Wikipedia page and noticed that the information not up-to-date as there have been some recent changes at UTStarcom. Would you be able to help us make the appropriate edits?

Peter Blackmore assumed the role of president and CEO as of July 1, 2008 – replacing Hong Lu, who will now serve as the executive chairman of UTStarcom’s board. Mr. Blackmore is also currently serving on the board of directors at UTStarcom, Inc. as well as the board of directors at MEMC.

In addition, UTStarcom sold its Personal Communications Division to AIG Investments in July 2008 and has restructured UTStarcom around three core areas: IPTV, broadband and NGN.

Again, I just want to be sure that I am following Wikipedia’s guidelines in updating our company’s profile, so please let me know if you need more information to support the above information or if it would be okay for me to proceed with making the changes myself.

Thanks, Don Contract73 (talk) 19:25, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Article or brochure?[edit]

Much of this article (17:01, 6 October 2005 version) appears to have been copied verbatim from UTStarcom's own website -- probabbly in violation of copyright (although I doubt they mind). It also reads like NPOV marketing copy -- full of corporate "puffery" and vague claims with little substance. If that stuff was all just deleted, the article would be a tiny stub. So it clearly needs help. But I don't know anything about the company, though, and have little interest in researching it (I want to spend my time here in articles I *already* know things about). Hopefully others will find this and do better then me. --DragonHawk 17:25, 27 November 2005 (UTC)

  • I've re-written it to be less like a brochure, but it could still do with expansion. David Johnson [T|C] 13:03, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

One thing that's interesting is that it says the company's F1000 handset is the best known product, when their "PAS" system is clearly their biggest product, having invented the technology. I couldn't find where on the corporate website this was "lifted" from however. the preceding unsigned comment is by (talk • contribs)

  • I added the best-known product bit based on the fact that the F1000 is re-sold by many of the major VoIP providers worldwide. Having looked into it, the PAS does seem quite popular - but only in China. Perhaps someone who knows about the PAS can ammend the article. David Johnson [T|C] 16:46, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

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My name is Don Pokorny and I am the senior marketing manager for corporate internal and electronic communications at UTStarcom. We recently reviewed our UTStarcom Wikipedia article and the related discussions and would like to provide assistance with the development and expansion of the article and the update of current, factual information and photos, as appropriate. We do realize that companies are typically not supposed to use the discussion page as a general forum and we understand that we should not update our own article. However, there is a significant amount of information about the company, its history, acquisitions and current executive team that is has omitted from the original article/stub and we thought that this may be the most appropriate and effective way to share that information about our company with the contributors engaged in this discussion. We have chosen not to become involved in the discussion up to this point because we respect the intent of Wikipedia, which is to present factual and unbiased information on any subject. However, we did notice that although some contributors suggested an update of the article in late 2005 and early 2006, no one has yet committed to doing so. A lot of information regarding product lines, the company’s business units, the company’s development and market history and recent restructure is relevant, yet not included in the current article. In addition, some of the information on the page is either outdated or factually inaccurate and we would like to assist with the refresh of that information. We also wanted to address the bot on our discussion page with regards to the picture of the router. We are not sure who posted this image or why they felt that it needed to be included, but it is not a core product for our business and it does not hold any relevance with regards to the company now or in the past. Our intention by requesting an update is not to transform the article into a slanted promotion of the company or an additional marketing source, but rather we’d like to see the article reflect an accurate, fair, balanced, and neutral explanation of who UTStarcom is and our history in the telecommunications industry. We feel that individuals who visit Wikipedia looking for information about UTStarcom should receive as much unbiased information as possible from a site that has established itself as a credible and respected resource – a site that provides straightforward and relevant information to those that would like to supplement their knowledge base of the company with information that can be found on the company’s web site.

To that extent, I am providing some very basic information below that I think you will find helpful in updating and editing the UTStarcom Wikipedia article. I am also happy to satisfy any other reasonable requests for information that can help you, as contributors, better assist with this request and with the expansion of our article. Any information we provide is intended to give you a more factual understanding of the company and can be verified through public news releases on our company web site, as well as through third party media reporting. Thank you in advance for your consideration of our input and offer of additional information – and for your efforts to help make Wikipedia an accurate, reliable resource for its readers. Template:HELP

UTStarcom UTStarcom is a global technology company that specializes in IP-based networking solutions for telecommunications companies and other service providers. Its core markets are multimedia communications and broadband, including IP communications and entertainment (IPTV), next generation broadband networks and optical network solutions. It also sells handsets and other consumer products including DSL modems and voice over IP terminal adapters. Headquartered in Alameda, California, UTStarcom is a Fortune 1000 company with 6,400 employees worldwide. It has a large customer base in Asia, particularly in China, where it manufactures the majority of its products and where most of its employees are located. It also has business operations in the United States, India and Japan as well as research and design operations in the United States, China, Korea and India. Recent Events In June 2007, UTStarcom announced that its CEO, Hong Liang Lu, will become executive chairman of the UTStarcom Board of Directors in 2008. He will be succeeded as CEO by Peter Blackmore, UTStarcom’s president and COO. [ In September 2007, the company announced a new strategic direction to focus its growth on IP-based multimedia communications and broadband. These technologies are being implemented by the world’s developing countries as they make large scale investments to establish their communication infrastructure. UTStarcom was one of the fastest growing companies in its industry from 1998 to 2004 but since then its financial performance has lagged. The new direction is planned to return the company to consistent and profitable growth. [1] <> History The company was founded in 1991 by Lu, a Taiwan-born, US-educated entrepreneur, as Unitech Telecom. In its early years, the company was focused on the telecommunications markets in China. In 1995, Unitech merged with Starcom Networks to form UTStarcom. After several years of trying to build its business in China, UTStarcom launched the Personal Handy-phone System (PHS), [2] <> also known as the Personal Access System. PHS is a scaled-down version of a cellular network and has 56 million subscribers in China. UTStarcom went public in March 2000. The IPO and a series of acquisitions helped the company expand its business and technology beyond its base in China to other emerging economies in Asia and Latin America as well as to Japan, the United States and Europe. Acquisitions Between 2002 and 2004, UTStarcom acquired several companies to expand its technology portfolio and market opportunities in areas such as handsets, CDMA technology, broadband and IP-based communications. Acquisitions included: Audiovox Communications Corporation (from Audiovox Corporation), a wireless handset maker, 2004 TELOS Technology, IP-based switching solutions for CDMA networks, 2004 CDMA intellectual property portfolio of Hyundai Syscomm, 2004 CommWorks (from 3Com), IP-based, multi-service networks, 2003 Rolling Stream Systems, an IPTV equipment company, 2003 Advanced Communications Devices, semiconductor based LAN and IP switching technology, 2002

Executives Hong Liang Lu, CEO ( <> ) Peter Blackmore, President and COO ( <> ) Fran Barton, Executive Vice President and CFO ( <> ) External Links UTStarcom (

Contract73 21:49, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Follow up to Oct 3 Post from UTStarcom[edit]

Hi, this is Don Pokorny at UTStarcom. I haven’t gotten any responses to my post from two weeks ago, so I went ahead and posted some updated information on the UTStarcom page. Please let me know if anyone has questions about the content or if I can provide any additional information on UTStarcom.

Thank you!

Don —Preceding unsigned comment added by Contract73 (talkcontribs) 14:42, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Please remember that this is an encyclopaedia, not a brochure for your company. I've removed much of what you added as it wasn't suitable for an encyclopaedia and the remainder will require some cleaning up to make it meet Wikipedia policies and guidelines. In the future please be sure to follow the Wikipedia Manual of Style and Neutral Point of View guidelines when adding content. —David Johnson [T|C] 20:57, 8 January 2008 (UTC)