Cebridge Connections, the St. Louis-based MSO headed by former Charter Communications Inc. CEO Jerry Kent, said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Net2Phone Cable Telephony LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Net2Phone Inc., to provide cable-based telephone services to customers.
Cebridge said in a prepared statement that it expects to begin providing telephony services to customers in the first quarter of 2004, beginning with certain systems in Texas and Missouri that represent about 150,000 high-speed-data homes passed.
Net2Phone’s cable-voice platform utilizes the industry’s PacketCable-compliant standards and permits cable operators to deploy toll-quality residential telephone service over their existing cable infrastructure.
According to Cebridge, the MSO will maintain control of the service brand and "Tier I" customer and technical support, while Net2Phone will support the back-office PacketCable infrastructure, switching and transport and "Tier II+" technical support of the telephony service.
Cebridge has about 350,000 subscribers, mostly in second-tier markets.