BSkyB has reportedly applied for a licence to supply digital subscriber line (DSL) technology which could lead to a partnership with debt-laden BT to deliver digital TV through phone lines.
The broadcaster already has a partnership agreement with regional telco Kingston Communications, but may now consider launching alone or via a joint venture with BT, according to The Times.
First, however, BSkyB's application needs to be approved by regulators including the Independent Television Commission and Oftel, as well as by the Department of Trade and Industry.
BTopenworld already supplies a version of DSL, Asymmetric DSL, for high-speed internet access. In May, vnunet.com reported that the firm was looking at moves into cable TV to help reduce its debt.
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