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February 22, 2007
Vidéotron Telecom Ltd. just keeps rolling along in the phone business. Canada's third largest MSO recently announced that it signed up its 400,000th VOIP subscriber, maintaining its position as the leading cable IP phone provider in the Great White North despite a strong surge by Rogers Communications Inc. (NYSE: RG; Toronto: RCI).
Videotron notched this latest milestone last month after netting 54,000 VOIP customers in the fourth quarter, closing out another strong year of growth. The Montreal-based cable operator enlisted 235,000 new phone subscribers in 2006, a remarkable total for an MSO that has slightly less than 1.6 million basic cable homes.
Operating throughout Quebec, Videotron says it now offers VOIP service to all of the province's major urban areas. With 83 percent coverage of the province now, it aims to extend service to the rest of its territories this year.
Videotron also intends to keep rolling out its new wireless phone service, which has already enlisted 12,000 subscribers. In addition, the company plans to launch videophone and softphone services with advanced call management features this year.
— Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News
Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.
As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.
Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.
He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.
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