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Cable Adds 1 Million VoIP Subscribers

At the beginning of 2005, Adventis published their annual Prescriptions.  This is the look back / look forward forecasts that all analysts publish every year.  One of the scarier statements they made, if you happen to be an incumbent was this:

Service providers need clear lifecycle strategies and must decide not just what to offer but what not to offer. Don’t let competitors cannibalize your business for you. For example, VoIP’s lower cost structure is not only changing the economics of the game, but also lowering the barriers for entry, enabling new players as well as established MSOs and CLECs to challenge core businesses. In the U.S. consumer market alone, the RBOCs have $30 to $47 billion of EBITDA at risk over the next five years.

To put that in perspective, the US Communications Market today is about a $115 billion per year industry.  $30 billion at risk is huge.

Cable Digital News published the Q2 2005 Cable Telephone Results today.  Over 1 million subscribers added.  That’s a half billion dollars in annual revenue that has shifted from the ILECs to cable.  Pretty scary stuff if you’re an ILEC. Adventis is looking very prescient.

Q2 2005 North American IP Telephone Subscribers by MSO
Source: Kinetic Strategies Estimates, Company Reports

MSO Subscribers Q2 Net Adds
Time Warner 614,000 242,000
Cablevision 478,357 113,877
Cox 90,000 30,000
Charter 67,800 12,500
Videotron 41,800 26,900
Comcast 37,000 15,000
Shaw 22,450 18,938
Other 30,000 11,000
TOTAL 1,381,407 470,215

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