From SkyReport E-news 05/15/2007
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Tue May 15 18:56:43 CDT 2007
*DIRECTV May Test BPL*
The country's largest satellite TV provider may be sitting on a plan to
test delivering high-speed internet service in a largely untested way.
Ask DIRECTV executives how the company plans to compete with cable's
triple play of services, and the answer may come as broadband over
powerlines - or BPL.
CEO Chase Carey told attendees at the Reuters Global Technology, Media
and Telecoms Summit in New York on Monday that DIRECTV may test drive
BPL services in a major U.S. city as soon as next year. According to
reports, the exec said DIRECTV is talking with companies that specialize
in providing broadband via electrical lines, and the satellite company
is not alone.
"We're not the only ones talking to them. I think you'll see some
meaningful tests in this arena," Carey said. DIRECTV may be getting
close to testing the BPL serive in a "top 50 city where you're covering
at least half the city."
The DIRECTV head said the company has looked into Wi-MAX for the
delivery of internet services. Carey also said a potential partnership
with rival EchoStar on a broadband strategy was still being tossed
around, as were talks with other companies to bring new broadband
options to subscribers.
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