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Post on 3-7-11 by
Harrison Malta with San Diego Broadband Suppliers and Specialists, LLC
Cox Communications said it has successfully tested voice calling and HD video streaming
over wireless networks in Phoenix and San Diego using fourth generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, although the
cable operator was kind of silent on details.
In the trials,
the Atlanta-based operator is using the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) and 700-MHz spectrum that it acquired at Federal
Communication Commission auctions in 2006 and 2008.
Cox spent more than $440 million for those spectrum licenses to support its wireless plans, which include wireless
broadband, and the MSO has confirmed it will spend more than that building out its 3G and 4G networks.
Cox is not telling when it expects to offer LTE-based services. LTE, which is the
4G wireless technology that has been picked by AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other carriers, is capable of delivering downlink
speeds of more than 100 Megabits per second....which is F-A-S-T.....
The operator worked with Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies,
which is supplying 3G CDMA base stations that can be upgraded to support LTE.
Alcatel-Lucent deployed an end-to-end LTE
solution for the trial in Phoenix that included Radio Access Network (RAN), Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) components along with associated
Cox's trials began in the third
quarter of 2009 and are ongoing, said spokeswoman Jan Ullman. The trial systems involve a number
of cell sites and the operator is testing the services at various distances. Ullman confirmed
that Cox tested the data services and "the performance was in line with our expectations"; however, she said the
operator is not sharing the actual data rates at this time.
While Cox is testing 4G LTE technology in these markets, it is initially deploying
wireless services using the 3G CDMA standard in Hampton Roads, Va., Orange County, Calif., and
Omaha, Neb. The MSO expects to commercially launch the services in March and is teasing the
through an ad campaign with the tagline Unbelievably Fair.
Cox hasn't announced pricing or other details for the 3G services.
.....and,....."Just after announcing our initial
3G wireless service deployments, today's news demonstrates our equal commitment to 4G services," Cox vice president of
wireless Stephen Bye said in a statement.
the LTE trials, we are utilizing the AWS and 700-MHz spectrum
to test voice, data and video applications and services and ultimately readying to deploy 4G wireless broadband services to
meet the needs of our customers. "We are happy by the success of the Phoenix and San Diego tests, which further validate
our decision to pursue 4G based on LTE, specifically the 3GPP
Release 8 standard."
Cox said it selected Phoenix and
San Diego markets for the 4G trials because of the "advanced technology-orientation of its residential and business customers,
as well as the terrain and suburban density variances of their geographies...."
We see only increases with LTE and it'll surely beat out WiMax....