Time Warner Taps MCI, Sprint for VoIP


Time Warner Cable signed deals with WorldCom Inc.’s MCI and Sprint FON Group to provide connectivity and other Internet-protocol services for the MSO's voice-over-IP rollout.

MCI and Sprint will handle termination of Time Warner Cable’s IP-voice traffic to the public-switched telephone network, delivery of enhanced 911 service, local-number portability and long-distance-traffic carriage.

Time Warner Cable has launched VoIP phone service in Portland, Maine, using a small local carrier, Pine Tree Networks. The MSO is launching VoIP in Raleigh, N.C., and it plans a national expansion, starting on the East Coast and in the Midwest, throughout 2004.

"Capitalizing on their local points of interconnection, our broadband-cable systems and the efficiencies and flexibility of IP technology, Time Warner Cable is now poised to deliver consumers local and long-distance telephony services more efficiently, at a lower cost and with reliability and quality of service customers require," Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said in a prepared statement.

The deals are a boost to both MCI and Sprint, which have seen their long-distance businesses under siege and further threatened by VoIP services.