Rogers Bringing VoIP Up North

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Canadian cable operator Rogers Communications Inc. said it will enter the voice-over-Internet-protocol business, targeting a mid-2005 launch to 1.8 million households, with the balance of its systems scheduled for 2006.

The MSO said it will leverage its existing Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification broadband-cable network and build its VoIP plant to Cable Television Laboratories Inc.’s PacketCable specifications.

Rogers said its fixed capital costs to deploy VoIP would amount to $200 million, with $140 million-$170 million of that occurring in 2004. Variable costs are expected to run between $300-$400 per subscriber.

Unlike U.S. cable operators, Rogers also has a wireless-telephone business.

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