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Reports: Comcast to take VoIP wide

Tue, 05/25/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Comcast Corp. reportedly plans to make IP-based telephony services available to more than 40 million homes in 2006.

Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the MSO expects that 95 percent of its cable networks would be ready to offer IP telephony services by the end of 2005.

Comcast is already testing VoIP in the Philadelphia area, and is employing a VoIP/circuit-switched hybrid in Detroit. The operator has already disclosed plans to test IP telephony in markets such as Indianapolis, Ind. and Springfield, Mass.

Separately, Comcast announced that President and CEO Brian Roberts has added chairman to his title following a shareholders meeting held Wednesday morning in Philadelphia.

Comcast's former chairman, C. Michael Armstrong, has elected "to retire as non-executive chairman," the company said. The former AT&T Corp. chief joined Comcast in November of 2002 following Comcast's acquisition of AT&T Broadband.

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