is testing self installation of phone service in San Francisco, and aims to expand it across major markets in 2008. Truck rolls have always been a double edged sword. On the one hand, they provide a valuable customer touch point. On the other, they are quite expensive. Bloomberg News reports about Comcast’s self installation tests, and reveals that the strategy may save them $200 – $300 per installation. There may be more benefit. “It not only reduces costs to Comcast, but it helps accelerate the rollout,” said Thomas Eagan, a New York-based analyst with Oppenheimer & Co. Comcast projects to grow from their current voice subscriber base of 3 million to 11 million by 2010.

Contrast this with estimated costs of $800 – $1,000 for a installation. Verizon does not have the luxury of self installs because of their need to install a fiber drop to each home. Cable companies have a clear advantage, at least initially. They are able to leverage their coax connection to the home and conceivably limit expensive truck rolls. Verizon would counter and say that advantage will be short lived. Once a subscriber has fiber to the home, Verizon will be able to add and remove services quite easily. However short lived, the advantage is present today. And it does offer cable advantages, both in accelerating and/or easing triple play adoption, while also positively impacting cash flow and earnings.

Read this Bloomberg News article for more analysis.

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2 thoughts on “Comcast Thinks Voice Self Installs Offers Advantage

  1. Another example of how cable will beat telcos. It’s just so much more simpler for them to get into the phone business than it is for telcos to get in the video business

  2. I just bought a new construction, and called Verizon to have the FiOS installed. Now i thought that they would run the lines when the house was built, but no. They wanted $950 dollars just for them to run the line, and then anouther $200 to install the service! I called Comcast, and had free installation, and no extra charges.

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