The agreement continues @Home's international expansion efforts, following deals with four Canadian cable partners and a Dutch affiliate. The Net-over-cable company also plans to expand into Europe and Asia.
The deal with Videon, a subsidiary of Moffat Communications, gives @Home access to more than 500,000 homes and a strong presence in Edmonton and Winnipeg. The service will be called Videon@Home, and will be available later this year.
Previously, Videon had offered cable modem-based Internet access through its Wave service in Manitoba and its Power Surfer service in Alberta. All users, however, will be converted to @Home by the end of the third quarter.
@Home also has deals with fellow Canadian cable television companies Rogers Cablesystems, Shaw Communications, and Cogeco Cable. Rogers and Shaw have been among @Home's most aggressive partners in rolling out @Home's cable modem service.
The Canadian cable operators are partners in a joint venture called @Home Canada, which was formed in 1997. With the addition of Videon, @Home Canada will customize and develop new content for the service. @Home Canada has signed on several multimedia developers to provide content and @Home recently expanded its multimedia developer program internationally.
In addition to being the leading cable modem service in the nation with 331,000 subscribers, @Home continues to explore opportunities abroad.
Many Internet companies are looking to expand into Europe where the online population is expected to boom.
@Home now has 19 cable partners that together reach more than 60 million homes worldwide.