Mediacom, Sprint announce agreement Mediacom Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: MCCC), the eighth-largest cable operator in the United States, and Sprint (NYSE: FON), the global integrated communications provider, jointly announced a multiyear agreement enabling Mediacom Communications to provide telephony services in essentially all of its markets encompassing 2.7 million homes in 23 states.
Mediacom Communications will use its fiber-rich, advanced digital network and its wire to the home, together with Sprint�s telecommunications infrastructure and expertise, to add Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone service to Mediacom�s existing array of broadband products and services.
Mediacom Communications anticipates launching telephone service in selected markets in the first half of 2005.
�This strategic alliance with Sprint will permit our company to offer our customers a powerful bundle of broadband products in one package, on one bill, from one provider and at a lower cost,� said Mediacom�s Chairman and CEO, Rocco B. Commisso. �Consumers switching to the Mediacom telephone service will be able to keep their existing phone numbers and directory listings, utilize the telephone equipment and wiring already in their homes, and receive more advanced features than traditional telephone service. With this agreement in place, we also have the opportunity to explore offering Sprint wireless phone service to our customers.�
Under the agreement, Sprint will assist Mediacom Communications with provisioning capabilities, switching and termination of traffic
to the public switched telephone network, delivery of enhanced 911 emergency service, local number portability, and operator and directory services.
Among other features, Mediacom�s VoIP telephone service will include caller ID with name, call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail.
�The voice-video-data triple play is a winner for cable companies and for Sprint,� said Howard E. Janzen, president, Sprint Business Solutions. �Cable operators such as Mediacom Communications can leverage Sprint�s existing networks and technical knowledge to bring voice services
to their customers with-
out expending valuable capital. They can stay focused on delivering what their customers demand � quality
communications and entertainment services � while Sprint provides telecommunications services, including project development, network design and implementation.�
This agreement marks a continued expansion for Sprint into partnerships with cable providers. Sprint is leveraging its telecom assets and communications expertise to help drive this expansion and deliver telephony and wireless solutions to the cable industry. Already, Sprint has announced agreements with large multiple system operators as well as regional cable companies to enable them
to deliver reliable, robust telephony services to customers.