Net Foz do Iguaçu says it doesn?t plan to hold trials of video over ADSL with Brasil Telecom using unauthorized content. As reported by PAY-TV News in recent weeks Net Brasil, which licenses programming to the operator, is worried about the possibility.
Net Foz has been told to use only programming negotiated by the franchisor but it says even that isn?t necessary. It actually plans to transmit only a few public channels for the trials (such as TV Camara or TV Senado), and even then only with the permission of Net Brasil. The trials haven?t started yet, according to Net Foz.
Net Foz also says it?s important to try the technology out in a realistic situation. A pilot is a good opportunity to optimize infrastructure and achieve cost savings by using the telco?s network and avoiding capex for cables and poles. It knows that the technology will be mature only in a few years? time and that these trials will be preliminary.
Everything is ready for Brasil Telecom to start trials in Foz do Iguaçu, according to Net Foz, and it?s waiting for Net Brasil to approve the content. Anatel has been advised of the plan and given a green light, agreeing that the trials constitute precisely the infrastructure optimization called for by the Cable Act and General Telecoms Act. There are no concerns about unfair competition since Net Foz is one of the city?s cable distributors.
Lastly, Net Foz stresses that Brasil Telecom has insisted on conducting the trials with cable distributors (like ViacaboTV in Itajaí, Santa Catarina) to show that it sees partnering as the way forward rather than cannibalizing pay TV. Indeed, ABTA and Brasil Telecom signed an agreement along these lines in October 2002.