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Bresnan Taps Net2Phone, Cox Launches Fifth VoIP Market

U.S. cable operator Bresnan Communications has signed a multi-year agreement with Net2Phone to support its rollout of voice over IP (VoIP) services. Bresnan, which passes more than 500,000 homes in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah, plans to begin offering PacketCable-based IP phone service in the first quarter of 2005. As part of the deal, Bresnan will earn warrants to purchase shares of Net2Phone common stock that become exercisable as the MSO reaches target telephony subscriber levels. Earlier this month, Net2Phone inked VoIP service deals with European cable operators Coditel Belgium, Coditel Luxembourg and Est VidŽocommunication in France. All members of the Altice One group, the operators serve franchises passing 520,000 homes. The companies plan to begin offering cable VoIP service with Net2Phone by year's end., starting in Luxembourg and Brussels. Like Bresnan, Altice is also participating in Net2Phone's warrant incentive program. Separately, Cox Communications Inc. deployed VoIP service in its fifth market, Southwest Louisiana. The rollout marks Cox's 17th telephone market, including the areas where the MSO serves more than a million circuit-switched phone customers. Cox's other PacketCable IP phone markets are Roanoke, Va., Tulsa, Okla., Baton Rouge, La., and West Texas.
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