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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

 

SBC selects Alcatel for FTTP equipment

Alcatel announced today that SBC Communications, the second largest U.S. Bell telephone company, has signed a four-year non-exclusive primary supplier contract to buy Alcatel's FTTP (fiber to the premises) equipment.

SBC's intentions to actually deploy FTTP remain unclear; the press release noted: "Ultimately, FTTP deployment will depend on results of the final lab testing and field trials, as well as clarification of any regulatory guidelines that would apply to FTTP networks."

As we've noted (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) previously, it's unclear how sincere any of the Bells' interest in fiber really was when they issued their RFP (request for proposals) earlier this year, especially SBC's.

SBC has been engaged (1, 2, 3) for some time in a carrot and stick game with federal and state regulators, alternately hinting at fiber to the home deployments while threatening to delay any sort of broadband deployment -- all in an effort to get the freedom from regulatory oversight it has been demanding.

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