The competition for local phone service is getting more competitive.

Using equipment provided by Cisco, Time Warner Cable has introduced Voice over Internet Protocol telephony service via cable in Portland, Maine.

Time Warner and Cisco said the combination of voice, video and Internet service over cable to deliver what they called a “triple play bundle” was the first such deployment by a cable company.

Time Warner is using Cisco’s VoIP solution in adding digital phone service.

In a release, Cisco said the infrastructure “provides the foundation for future services such as video telephony and multiplayer on-line gaming.”

“With Digital Phone, Time Warner Cable is able to offer combined local, in-state and long distance calling at a flat rate which will translate into substantial savings for many consumers. We chose the Cisco solution because it enables reliable and affordable voice services that can scale as Digital Phone grows,” said Gerry Campbell, senior vice president, Voice, Time Warner Cable, in a statement.