Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ma Bell frustrated with doubts over U-Verse

AT&T is apparently growing frustrated with analyst and media doubts that its hybrid fiber to the node (FTTN) and bonded copper pair over last mile "Project Lightspeed/U-Verse" effort can competitively deliver Internet protocol TV (IPTV) programming and HDTV in particular.

Ernie Carey, vice president of AT&T's Advanced Network Technologies, told Reuters at the NXTcomm communications conference in Chicago that AT&T doesn't suffer from bandwidth inadequacy. Instead, Carey spun into a different issue: hiring enough techs to install its IPTV infrastructure.

"Everyone in the media wants to make the bandwidth a bigger issue than I believe it is," he said. "I would tell you my belief is the biggest challenge right now is finding ways to go faster in the build."

Based on AT&T's failed effort to speed deployment of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband earlier in the decade with its so-called "Project Pronto" and its continued inability to provide broadband to large portions of its service area years later, I think the media and the pundits have good reason to suspect Ma Bell has hatched another flight challenged turkey in U-Verse.

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