Bresnan Communications said it will dial into the IP telephony game via a technology and service partnership with Net2Phone.
Under the letter of intent, Bresnan will tap Net2Phone's hosted PacketCable-based platform to deliver IP telephony services in multiple markets.
Bresnan today serves 300,000 cable subs and passes north of 500,000 homes in areas of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. The MSO's VoIP deployment will begin "immediately," but the companies did not say which Bresnan markets they would light up first.
Bresnan will offer the service under its own brand.
"We identified a number of critical advantages in working with Net2Phone, including our ability to deploy voice services rapidly with minimal capital and operating expenses," said Bresnan President and CEO Bill Bresnan, in a release. "In addition, Net2Phone's complete network management toolset allows us to guarantee quality at a level our customers expect."
For Net2Phone, the Bresnan deal marks its third with a U.S. cable operator. The company also has agreements with Northland Cable and Cebridge Connections, an operator helmed by former Charter Communications CEO Jerry Kent. Worldwide, Net2Phone has inked deals with Coditel (in Belgium and Luxembourg), EST Video of France and corporate cousin Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico.