BellSouth plans to expand its technical IPTV trials to market trials with 1,000 participants by the middle of the year. If all goes well the company expects to launch the service commercially by the end of the year or early 2007. BellSouth recently inked a deal with SES Americom to trial its IP Prime, a satellite-centric IPTV distribution solution that reportedly enables the distribution of hundreds of standard and HD IPTV streams as part of a triple play. BellSouth is testing IP Prime alongside its ADSL2+ platform. The company denies claims it's waiting to see if AT&T will go with Microsoft's IPTV software before it does as well.
For more on BellSouth's IPTV plans:
- check out this quote-filled article from TelecomWeb