CenturyLink and Qwest IPTV rollouts in a hold pattern

Qwest Communications' customers expecting to see IPTV show up on their doorsteps--or in their living rooms--now that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has acquired the telco can expect to wait a little longer, CenturyLink President-CEO Glen Post III said during a first quarter earnings call.

In fact, Post said, CenturyLink's incumbent subscribers shouldn't waste any time looking for it if they're outside the eight markets that have already launched and where the telco will be "looking to accelerate growth there, the penetration there, and working through that," said Post. The telco, he noted, "will be evaluating Qwest markets in the coming months."

Those who see the glass half empty are probably resigned to a long evaluation since Post qualified his point to say CenturyLink is "working through the cost of plant equipment-plant addition cost and shortening of loops ... and we'll be making those decisions around the mid year as far as any additional rollout of IPTV in any of those markets."

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