With Cable Poised To Take $6.9 Bil. Bite Out of Telecom By 2009 Kagan's Upcoming Summit Looms Large For Cable VoIP Leaders

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Cable is getting ready to flex its marketing muscle in pursuit of a projected $6.9 bil. share in Voice over Internet (VoIP) annual sales by 2009, according to Kagan Research. Cable's VoIP leaders will be discussing the road ahead at the Kagan Cable VoIP Summit to be held at New York's Park Lane, Wednesday, April 27, 2005. The senior executive event will examine what promises to be cable's breakout year in the voice delivery arena.

Telephone services will be the next significant revenue engine for the cable industry generating a projected $6.9 bil. in annual sales by 2009, say Kagan Research analysts. With IP phone services available to broad tracts of cable customers, Kagan's upcoming third annual Cable VoIP Summit looms large as a forum for influential cable leaders from Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Mediacom and others set to gather for a timely discussion about cable's promising new stake in providing low-cost, high-quality phone services to their high-speed Internet-connected customer base.

After accelerating their footprint expansions, U.S. cable operators are focusing on grabbing customers from telecom incumbents. Cable's installed customer base gives the industry a distinct edge in offering IP voice services. For example, Comcast has plans to deploy IP voice across its entire 40 mil. home footprint over the next two years. Bullish on consumer acceptance of an IP-based voice service, Comcast predicts a 20% penetration of homes passed, or 8 mil. subscribers, in a mere five years.

Hosted by Kagan Research, an independent analyst firm tracking emerging media businesses, the Kagan Cable VoIP Summit, April 27 at the Park Lane in New York, will feature top industry speakers, including:

Rian Wren

Sr. Vice President & General Manager/Voice Services, Comcast

Jim Medica

Director/VoIP Engineering

Time Warner Cable

Mimi Thigpen

Vice President/Strategy

Cox Communications

Marco Rustici

Sr. Director/Telephony

Mediacom Communications

Gerry White

Chief Technologist/IP Infrastructure Solutions Group

Motorola Broadband Communications

Mike Pastor


Net2Phone Cable Telephony

Phil Giordano

Vice President/MSO & Cable Sales


Chuck Kaplan


Narad Networks

Patrick Knorr

General Manager

Sunflower Broadband

Alan Bezoza

Senior Vice President/Broadband Cable Research

Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group

Cable VoIP Summit Agenda:

  • Calling All MSOs: Highlighting Cable Deployments and Positioning Strategies as Cable Operators Fully Integrate IP Voice Services Into Their Product Lineups
  • Getting Down To Business: Cable¬ís Lucrative Commercial Services Opportunity
  • Small Markets, Big Bundles: IP Voice Strategies for Main Street
  • Untethering Local Dial Tone: Exploring the Mobility of IP Voice Services to New Platforms and Devices

Back-to-back Kagan Events:

On Thursday, April 28, Kagan will be hosting the Video Competition Conference, a four-way face off between Cable vs. Satellite vs. Telco vs. Internet for the right to dominate the delivery of movie and TV programming via emerging technology and devices. The Kagan Video Competition Conference will examine the advantages and disadvantages of various video content channels and tiers, deployment capacities among competitors, marketing plans, anticipated advertising revenues, pricing targets and distribution obstacles.

For more information about the Kagan Cable VoIP Summit and the Kagan Video Competition Conference go to http://www.kagan.com/events

About Kagan Research, LLC.

For over thirty-five years media and communications operators, content programmers and developers and investment advisors have relied on Kagan Research for expert intelligence, independent analysis and leadership in media business research from tech to finance. Kagan's consulting and publishing services offer exclusive financial data and analysis, relevant market advisories and accurate 5- to 10-year projections for TV, radio, cable, DBS, wireless, movie and sports sectors, as well as insightful perspectives on emerging media technologies, digital communications and advertising.

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