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Cable to Hit 11M VOIP Subscribers in '07

With the number of North American broadband homes approaching 50 million, U.S. and Canadian cable operators have now signed up more than 4 million VOIP subscribers and will likely add at least 7 million more subscribers by the end of next year.

In a new Cable Industry Insider report from Light Reading that looks at the top 11 cable VOIP providers, Cable Digital News estimates that North American MSOs scaled the 4 million customer barrier at the beginning of June, about three years after signing up the industry's first VOIP subscribers. This latest milestone comes after cable operators snared more than 2.2 million VOIP subscribers in 2005 and another 900,000 subscribers in the first quarter before gathering even further momentum in the spring.

Two large U.S. MSOs, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems, account for the lion's share of that total. As the report shows, Time Warner and Cablevision collectively signed up more than 2.2 million VOIP customers through the end of the first quarter, giving them nearly 62 percent of the industry's grand total.

The report finds that Time Warner, North America's second largest MSO, easily leads the way among cable VOIP providers. Time Warner ended the first quarter with nearly 1.4 million IP phone subscribers, putting it second in the overall VOIP rankings behind standalone provider Vonage Holdings. In its latest earnings report earlier today, Time Warner said it added another 234,000 VOIP subscribers in the second quarter to reach the 1.6 million customer mark, keeping it a close second behind Vonage.

Get the rest of the story at Cable Digital News.

- Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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