MSOs Yawn at Lightspeed

You would think cable-company reaction to SBC Communications Inc.'s (NYSE: SBC) recent Project Lightspeed would be swift and decisive, deriding the ability of a telecom company to provide triple-play services including video. But the ones we contacted were pretty low-key in responding for comment.

Here's the background: Last week SBC revealed the details of Project Lightspeed, a massive $4 billion makeover of its network projected to improve service to 18 million customers by providing FTTN (fiber to the node) access to 17 million users and FTTP (fiber to the premises) access to 1 million customers, promising downstream bandwidth of speeds up to 25 Mbit/s (see SBC Sheds Light on 'Lightspeed').

But most importantly, Project Lightspeed has a significant video element. Intially it will supply four high-quality video streams, with plans for enough bandwdith to offer HDTV and Internet access on the same IP network, says SBC. If it pans out as such, that's an aggressive move into the turf of multiple systems operators (MSOs), more frequently known as cable companies.

So what do they have to say? Most of them appear to be stifling yawns.

Get all the scintillating details at Next-Generation Services.

— Chris Somerville, Senior Editor, Next-Generation Services

deauxfaux 12/5/2012 | 1:03:51 AM
re: MSOs Yawn at Lightspeed Even with a Tivo box. The switching between channels will be too slow because of the upstream switching latency. It is no wonder that the MSOs/Sat guys will yawn at this.

Things won't get interesting until a few tens of streams show up on the scene
jes 12/5/2012 | 1:03:45 AM
re: MSOs Yawn at Lightspeed This indicates SBC's change in strategy to make their network based on IP. I guess no more major expansion will be done on the ATM side.

Just heard, as Alcatel got the major chuck of lightspeed, its strategy also is shifting towards IP...just because cutomer is IP based.

Rumor - They just stopped development of the Litespan 7201 an ATM based DLC. Also there are some Alcatel Petaluma Layoffs in the pipeline
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 1:03:42 AM
re: MSOs Yawn at Lightspeed
Interesting comment.

The IP video over DSL that is being deployed in the IOCs today switches channels faster than sattelite. Limited mostly by set top box buffer depth.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 1:03:42 AM
re: MSOs Yawn at Lightspeed http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/...

A bit behind the time on news:

1 - Laid of 130 folks

2 - Cancelled 7201 (gee I wonder how Jason Dove feels about this)

ChatEnChapeau 12/5/2012 | 1:03:36 AM
re: MSOs Yawn at Lightspeed Your article says:
"But the ones we contacted were pretty low-key in responding for comment."

You turned that into a yawn.

Hmmm. I'm a pretty low-key guy, but I don't yawn that often.

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