Playing catchup ball with the other big MSOs, Charter Communications is finally picking up the VoIP deployment pace this year. Charter announced earlier today that it launched IP phone service in seven new markets and significantly expanded service in seven established voice markets, extending its telephony reach to 1 million more homes.
The seven new VoIP markets include: Long Beach/San Gabriel Valley, CA; Willimantic and Newtown, CT; Chicopee, MA; Blount County and Jackson, TN; and Gwinsett, GA. Charter also expanded its existing phone service in seven other markets -- Sturgeon Bay, Wausau and Northeast WI; Bristol, VA; Asheville, NC; and Moreno and Adelanto, CA.
Thanks to these moves, Charter said it closed March with more than 191,000 phone customers, up 70,000 from the end of last year. It also ended the first quarter with phone service available to nearly 3.9 million households. The company said it remains on track to offer phone service to a total of 6 million to 8 million homes by the end of the year, as well as three-product bundles to more than half of its homes.