Sprint's wholesale group took another hit this week as Mediacom Communications--the seventh largest U.S. cable operator--has decided to take its IP voice service operations in-house.
Since 2004, Sprint had been taking care of Mediacom's VoIP service needs, including routing PSTN traffic, E911 in addition to assisting local number portability (LNP) and long-distance traffic carriage.
At this point, Mediacom is not revealing any details about when or how it will transition off the Sprint network. "We have initiated a project to transition these services in-house, beginning in 2010," said Mediacom in a 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 5, 2010.
Coming barely a week after Time Warner Cable said it would take charge of its voice operations, the eventual loss of Mediacom is another blow to Sprint Wholesale. The past year overall has not been easy for Sprint Wholesale. While it did report that it saw a "slight increase" in cable VoIP subscribers, Q4 voice revenue declined to $611 million from $648 million in Q3 09.
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