U.S. phone company Verizon Communications Inc. said it plans
to offer high-definition video on demand over its advanced
Internet and video service called FiOS, although it has not
yet set a date.
Verizon is currently rolling out video and Internet services
over an all-fiber network to compete against cable television
companies' all-in-one packages of video, Internet and phone
The FiOS service already includes multiple high-definition
channels and video on demand, and Verizon Chief Technology
Officer Mark Wegleitner said it was almost ready to launch a
combination of the two features.
"I don't think there are technical obstacles," Wegleitner
told reporters late on Monday in Chicago, on the sidelines of
the NXTcomm communications conference. "The network could
support it now."
The company was already testing such services in its labs and
had an internal timeline, he said.
Wegleitner also defended Verizon's strategy of deploying
fiber throughout the FiOS network, called "fiber to the
premises (FTTP)," despite lingering concerns over costs.
Verizon has said it plans to invest $18 billion from 2004
through 2010 to build the FiOS network, and to make the
service available to 9 million homes by the end of 2007, and
18 million by the end of 2010.