Cox Communications is betting on voice-over-IP (VoIP) in Las Vegas. Cox announced Mon. that it launched VoIP service in Vegas, raising its total number of IP telephony markets to 10 and its overall collection of phone markets to 22. With the move, the MSO is now offering phone service to about 75% of its homes passed throughout the U.S.
Cox, the cable industry's leading phone player with more than 1.5 million residential voice customers, added an estimated 40,000 VoIP subscribers in the third quarter. But it's still predominantly a circuit-switched provider. Indeed, Cox ranks a distant third on the VoIP customer charts with an estimated 130,000 subscribers, well behind Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems, although ahead of Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications.