Comcast Expects to Add 1 Million VoIP Subs in 2006

During Comcast's earnings call yesterday, Executives said the company is on target with its IP telephone service rollout, called Comcast Digital Voice. Comcast says the service will be available to 15 million homes in 20 markets by year-end with the footprint expected to grow to 41 million homes by the end of 2006. Comcast only had 1.6 million homes marketed for IP phone service as of June 30, but that total had increased to 3.5 million as of August 2. Comcast added a mere15,000 IP phone customers in Q2, but executives reassured investors the company is on track to meet its year-end target of 250,000 customers for Comcast Digital Voice. 'We are now in full deployment mode,' said Comcast COO Steve Burke. 'The technology is ready to scale. Our plant is ready to scale. Our organization is ready to scale. And we're about to start very dramatic growth in our footprint and units will obviously follow.' Burke added that Comcast 'should add at least 1 million customers in 2006' for IP phone. Comcast is charging its video customers $39 per month for unlimited IP phone service and $69 per month for a bundle of IP phone and high-speed data service, a 15% discount off the standalone price for the products. Non-video customers are charged an extra $10 per month.
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