If recent deployments weren't enough proof that it's serious about getting into the voice game, Time Warner Cable removed all doubts with the launch of a division dedicated to residential telephone services.
The new unit, Time Warner Cable Voice Services, will oversee the rollout of the MSO's telephone service, which will be offered under the Digital Phone brand.
The MSO launched VoIP in Portland, Maine last May and has signed up more than 10,000 subscribers so far. Time Warner Cable said it is also running VoIP trials in its Raleigh, Charlotte and Kansas City divisions, and expects to roll out voice service in most, if not all, of its 32 divisions by year-end.
"The creation of this new business unit formalizes efforts we have had underway for several years in developing VoIP as a consumer product," said Time Warner Cable Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer John Billock.
Carl Rossetti, the MSO's executive vice president of new business development, will also become president of the operator's voice services unit. Gerry Campbell, who has led Time Warner Cable's voice initiatives since late 2001, will now serve as the unit's senior vice president of operations.
Others in the new business unit include Sam Howe, senior vice president of marketing; Liliane Zreik, vice president and telephone engineer; and Paul Lang, vice president of finance.