Qwest sets new FTTN goals, maintains bundling focus
January 6, 2010
As Qwest continues to shift its mindset towards becoming more of
a broadband services company, the telco has set the bar to bring
Fiber to the Node (FTTN) services to half of its 14-state
Speaking at this week's Citigroup 20th Annual Global
Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference, CEO Ed
Mueller provided an update on the progress the company has made
in rolling out FTTN services in addition to what products
customers are buying.
Since it launched its FTTN service in 2007, Qwest reported that
it has added about 1 million homes per year. In Q3 09, Qwest's
FTTN network reached 3 million homes and Mueller said that he
foresees that number scaling to about 6 million, or slightly
more than 50 percent of total homes passed with fiber. "There's
plenty of room for us," he said.
Qwest's FTTN and overall broadband drive continues to center on
building service bundles. This bundled mentality incorporates
not only its VDSL2+ 40 Mbps service, but also giving customers
access to AT&T WiFi hotspots.
Wireless continues to be part of Qwest's bundling equation.
Although Qwest does not have its own wireless network like AT&T
and Verizon, the ILEC continues to provide wireless service
through an agent agreement with Verizon Wireless. Keeping to
that bundled mentality, Qwest is offering customers that sign up
for the Verizon Wireless its One Number Service that allows them
keep one common number and voice mail for both landline and