Cable One will finally be joining the cable industry's voice-over-IP (VoIP) parade next year. The nation's 10th largest MSO announced a multi-year deal with Level 3 Communications earlier today to offer IP phone service in its franchise areas, starting sometime in 2006.
Level 3 will provide Cable One with its (3)VoIP EnhancedSM Local service, a solution that enables broadband service providers with Class 5 feature servers to launch voice service over their high-speed links. The VoIP solution includes such components as network trunking, local numbers, local number portability, E-911, operator assistance, directory listings and directory assistance.
Cable One did not say when and where it will launch VoIP service first next year. Hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in September, the MSO reported Fri. that it lost 6,000 digital cable customers and picked up just 10,300 high-speed data customers in the third quarter, its worst quarterly performance in at least a year.