Qwest to invest$300M in FTTN, not for IPTV

According to a report from Telephony Online, Qwest will invest an additional $300 million in capital to roll out fiber to the node networks that will cover 1.5 million homes in 20 markets, however, the service provider does not plan to offer IPTV services over the FTTN networks. Qwest chairman and CEO Ed Mueller said the company will release more details about the FTTN rollout in late February during its analyst day.

"Our fiber-to-the-node network is not intended to deploy of IPTV," Mueller said. "We do not believe the scale and current capital and labor requirements of this type of product support this approach."

Mueller said that Qwest will continue to resell DirecTV satellite video services. It seems like Qwest's decision to forgo building a network for IPTV services, like rivals Verizon and AT&T have done, could pave the way for a rumor we reported on in March. Qwest's CEO at the time, Dick Notebaert, was mulling whether to offer its own video on demand service and simply continue to resell DirecTV for the live feed. Looks like the March rumor is looking more and more likely.

For more on Qwest's FTTN plans:
- read this report from Telephony

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