The fast and the curious

May 15, 2007

AT&T’s new U-Verse service, which it says will make digital TV and high Internet access speeds available to 18 million homes by 2008, will be fast enough for consumers over the foreseeable future, a company executive told the Reuters Global Technology Media Telecoms Summit on Tuesday.

John Stankey, group president for operations support, indicated that the services will probably peak at around 50 mbps. Comcast Corp. demonstrated speeds of up 150 mbps at last weeks cable show, but Stankey isnt impressed.

We want to focus on how much bandwidth does the customer require and how much will they need over time I see nothing in the future that would drive — if you have full switching capability — the need to be beyond 50 megabits in a customers home,? he said.

Enter SlingMedia CEO Blake Krikorian, who said there is one application that might prompt consumers to seek the extra bandwidth. SlingMedia, which makes the SlingBox, has teamed up with GetConnected Inc. to resell faster speed Internet access for delivering videos faster for a better experience. It also is working with Verizon and Comcast on their own (and competing) high-speed Internet and advanced TV services.

I can see us having a little thing in the SlingPlayer that says you want faster speeds right now  to see the ball game in really high quality? Then hit the Turbo button now.?

(Reuters reporter Yinka Adegoke wrote this blog entry from New York)

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