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Cablevision Extends Service Throughout NY Region, Adelphia Plans Trials As Vonage And Peer-To-Peer Player Skype Gain Steam

December 1, 2003

By Alan Breznick

Faced with strong, emerging competition in the IP telephony field, major cable operators are stepping up their plans to introduce voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) service across the U.S.

In probably the most ambitious venture right now, Cablevision Systems has started marketing its new Optimum Voice service throughout its entire suburban New York footprint. The MSO, which has nearly 3 million basic cable subscribers in its 4.4 million-home territory, is now offering the IP voice service to its 1 million Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers in Long Island and Westchester County, NY, as well as northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.

High-speed data subscribers pay a flat rate of $34.95 for the non-lifeline service, which includes unlimited local, regional and long-distance calling across the U.S. and Canada. Customers also get five custom calling features--caller ID, call waiting, call return, three-way calling and call forwarding--plus emergency 911 service.

In addition, Cablevision is offering free professional installation of a voice-enabled cable modem for Optimum Online customers who add Optimum Voice or consumers who sign up for both services. And the modem is free for the life of the service.

Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's president of cable and communications, termed Optimum Voice "an excellent addition to Cablevision's expanding bundle of consumer entertainment and information services delivered over our upgraded network." Company executives declined to disclose more details about the rollout, which followed market trials on western Long Island earlier in the year.

At the same time, Time Warner Cable moved forward last month with its aggressive Voip rollout schedule. The MSO, which introduced its first cable IP voice service with a soft launch in Portland, Maine last winter and then began fully marketing it in May, now reports close to 8,000 IP telephony customers in that market.

Plans still call for Time Warner to introduce Voip commercially in three more markets before the end of the year--Rochester, N.Y. and two major North Carolina metro areas (presumably Raleigh and Charlotte). In preparation for these and other market launches, the company has gained regulatory approval to offer phone service from three states--Maine, New York and North Carolina---and has filed for certification in four more: Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Texas.

While these two MSOs plunge ahead with their service rollouts, other large cable operators are preparing for technical and market trials. Besides the IP telephony trials previously announced by Cox Communications in Roanoke, Virg. and Comcast Corp. in Coatesvile, Penn., Indianapolis, Springfield, Mass. and Hartford, Conn., several trials by Adelphia Communications are now in the planning stages for next year.

Adelphia executives said they aim to conduct an unspecified number of technical and market trials in 2004 as they gear up for a commercial launch in 2005. Company officials have not yet decided where or when they will test the service or which equipment they will try out.

"We really just started the planning effort 30 to 60 days ago," said Joe Bagan, Adelphia's chief administrative officer and Voip point person. "As far as Voip goes, we hope to be a fast follower. We're not going to be a leader into it."

Although Adelphia officials have just started making their plans, they already envision crafting a primary-line service, just as Time Warner and Cablevision have developed. "We want the ultimate customer relationship," Bagan said. "We want a direct customer relationship."
Bagan, an AT&T Broadband veteran with some experience in cable telephony, believes that Adelphia can realize IP telephony take rates similar to the penetration rates that AT&T, Cox and Comcast have all achieved with circuit-switched service in their best markets. In Omaha and Orange County, Calif., for instance, Cox has scored greater than 20% to 25% penetration rates.

"I think our target needs to be in the 20% range," Bagan said. An eventual goal of 20% penetration, he added, is "what we've been building our models on."

The MSO moves come as several of the Baby Bells prepare to launch rival IP telephony services en masse. In the past few weeks, SBC Communications, Verizon Communications and Qwest Communications have all unveiled plans to introduce some kind of Voip product in 2004.

This scurrying by cable operators also comes as Vonage Holdings Corp., the early U.S. leader in IP telephony services, continues its steady growth. Vonage--which introduced its independent service in such major second-tier markets as New Orleans, Jacksonville, Fla., Mobile, Ala., Jackson, Miss., Little Rock, Ark., and Richmond, Virg. last month--now has more than 70,000 customers nationwide.

Vonage officials are still gunning to reach the 100,000-subscriber mark by the end of the year, mostly without any help from cable operators. The company does have distribution deals with two smaller MSOs, Advanced Cable Communications and Armstrong Cable, which started co-marketing the Vonage service in their areas earlier this fall. To fuel its expansion, Vonage closed a $35 million investment round in late November led by New Enterprise Associates, bringing the total capital raised by the company to $65.3 million.

"We're going after Ma Bell and the telephone market," said Dan Elwell, national accounts manager for Vonage. "We really want to take Vonage to prime-time."

Finally, the increased cable Voip activity comes as other, even newer, independent providers hit the scene and start signing up customers.

One of the latest notable examples is Skype, a free service that enables broadband users to call each other using their computers and headsets. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the two Swedish entrepreneurs who created the popular Kazaa music file-sharing service, started Skype in late August.

Their new baby relies on the same peer-to-peer technology used by Kazaa to route calls directly between computers without the aid of central servers.

As of Nov. 20, less than three months after the service launched, Skype's software already had been downloaded by more than 2.5 million people around the world. Also, it had already achieved the landmark of garnering more than 100,000 simultaneous users.

As a result, some industry experts see Skype as a looming threat to the established telecom and cable companies. In a recent report, for instance, Daiwa Securities called Skype "something to be scared of" and contended that the company "is probably set to become the biggest story of the year" in the telecom business.

Other Voip players and industry experts scoff at such talk. Most importantly, the skeptics argue that Skype can't possibly be a big threat to the bigger phone players as long as users can't use their regular phones to call each other.

"It has one fundamental flaw," said Dan Elwell, national accounts manager for Vonage. "You can only call another Skype user. You cannot call another number and you've both got to be on the computer. At this point in their development, they're not at all [a threat]."

That may change soon, however. Skype's plans call for introducing a feature this winter that will let users call people with standard phones. For this service, the company says it will charge a price "substantially lower" than current phone service.

Skype makes no money now because it's giving away the goods. But it intends to start generating revenue next year by adding the standard-phone connection feature and by offering such premium services as voice mail, conference calling and call waiting. So don't count on it just disappearing in the next few months.

Company executives are certainly thinking big. In a recent story in the New York Times, Zennstrom described the venture as "a real opportunity to do something that is disruptive in a very positive way." He said he and Friis "have a big ambition with Skype: it is to make it the global telephone company."

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