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Sprint Tests Switched Video Service

12:30 PM -- Courtesy of UBS Investment Research analyst John C. Hodulik, here is a bit more insight into Sprint Corp.'s video service plans, which factors into its upcoming triple-play equipment vendor selection:

The company’s focus for growth in 2005 includes broadband, video and wireless. In video, the local business had 24K video customers through its partnership with Echostar and is targeting a total of 100K customers by the end of 2005. The company sees video as a $3.5B revenue opportunity within its region and will conduct technical, market and product trials covering 5,000 homes this year of a switched video offering. The company will use the FTTN architecture similar to SBC and believes it can deliver 20 Mbps of dedicated bandwidth to homes. The new Sprint Local expects to sign commercial agreements with Sprint Nextel to offer long distance and wireless bundled services.

Yesterday, Light Reading reported that Sprint is close to picking the winner for its triple-play services request for proposal (RFP). The finalists for the business include incumbent Tellabs Inc., Entrisphere Inc. (which is partnered with Lucent Technologies Inc.) and Calix Networks Inc. (paired with Nortel Networks Ltd.).

According to Light Reading sources, Sprint likely won't make any public mention of its pick until after first office applications are complete, which may be several months away.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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