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Northland Cable takes a SIP on VoIP

Mon, 02/14/2005 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Northland Cable Television has launched IP-based telephony services in partnership with Net2Phone Inc.

The operator is offering VoIP (sans battery backup) via Net2Phone's "VoiceLine" product, which uses SIP (session initiation protocol) technology. Net2Phone also markets "CableLine," a platform based on the full PacketCable architecture.

The MSO will market the service under the name "Northland VoiceLine, Powered by Net2Phone," and sell service for as low as $18.99 per month. An "all-inclusive" service that features unlimited calls within the U.S. and Canada runs $37.99 per month.

Northland Cable serves more than 300,000 subs in areas of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Washington, California, and Idaho.

In addition to traditional features such as voice mail, caller ID and call blocking, the service will also offer enhanced elements such as online account management and virtual phone numbers - an out-of-area phone number that serves as an account's second phone number.

Under the deal with Net2Phone, Northland will retain ownership of its VoIP subs and provide customer service and technical support. In turn, Net2Phone will handle service provisioning, billing, the network switching platform, and operator services/directory assistance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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