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Net2Phone Partners with Level 3 For VoIP Over Cable

Net2Phone and Level 3 Communications on Monday said they would jointly market local voice-over-Internet protocol services to cable operators.

Net2Phone, a specialist in VoIP technology, said Level 3's residential phone service will add to its current telephony service for cable operators such features as local calling, local phone numbers, operator assistance, 911 emergency services and local number portability.

Level 3, which provides high-speed communications services, is expected to benefit from Net2Phone's support for PacketCable, a standard for cable-based phone services that's favored by cable operators, Daryl Schoolar, analyst for In-Stat/MDR said.

Net2Phone, on the other hand, should benefit from Level 3's strength in more geographic areas and the fact it has more local numbers. Level 3, based in Broomfield, Colo., offers local VoIP phone service in 50 U.S. markets.

"They bring a lot to the table for each other," Schoolar said. "Now they have to work together to attract cable operators."

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