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Rogers Launches VoIP Service in Canada
July 5, 2005
Rogers Communications joined the growing cable VoIP parade on Friday, launching its new IP telephony service in the greater Toronto area. Known as Rogers Home Phone, the service offers cable subscribers local and long-distance dialing and other standard phone features at the same prices charged by Sprint Canada. Rogers customers can knock up to $6 off their monthly phone bills if they take other MSO services, such as video, high-speed Internet access and wireless telephony. The plan bundles start as low as $25.46 (Canadian) a month for local service and one calling feature. Subscribers then pay extra for long distance calls. Canada's largest MSO made the move after completing its previously announced $330 million purchase of Call-Net Enterprises Inc., which marketed its services under the Sprint Canada brand. Rogers said it intends to roll out the VoIP service to its other cable territories over the coming months.
Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.
As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.
Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.
He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.
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