& cplSiteName &

Cox Joins Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Club

Alan Breznick
6/6/2014
50%
50%

Earning another stripe on its uniform, Cox Business has received Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), putting it in position to offer more advanced Ethernet services to its commercial customers.

Cox Business, the commercial services arm of Cox Communications Inc. , thus becomes the third major US MSO business services unit to gain the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 blessing from MEF . Previously, the business divisions of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) won that stamp of approval, along with the commercial services arms of such smaller cable operators as RCN Corp. .

The Carrier Ethernet 2.0 accreditation means Cox can broaden the scope and range of Ethernet services that it can offer to commercial customers. Most notably, the advanced MEF standard enables broadband providers to offer multiple classes of services and interconnect with other broadband networks to deliver Ethernet services over larger geographic areas. "The latest MEF certification documents that we remain committed to delivering Ethernet services that extend basic requirements and provide businesses with the multiple location connectivity they need to reduce costs and increase productivity," said Steve Rowley, senior vice president of Cox Business, in a prepared statement.

The CE 2.0 certification is a nice shot in the arm for Cox Business, which has faded in the spotlight somewhat since former chief Phil Meeks left to head up Time Warner Cable's commercial services unit about a year ago. Although Cox Business, a long-time pioneer in the commercial services space, has continued to grow steadily, it has been overshadowed lately by the Comcast and TWC business units, which have been expanding their commercial efforts and revenues by leaps and bounds across their much bigger service areas. (See Comcast, TWC Boost Business WiFi .)

Most recently, for example, TW Cable leapfrogged over Cox to take over the top cable spot on Vertical Systems Group 's much-watched US Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard, pushing Cox down to sixth place overall in terms of Ethernet retail ports installed. And Comcast is coming up hard behind it, followed by the reinvigorated Charter Communications Inc. .

But Cox Business, which closed out 2013 with more than $1.6 billion in annual revenue and serves more than 330,000 companies in its footprint, remains undaunted. In an interview at the Cable Show in Los Angeles earlier this spring, Rowley told Light Reading that his unit continues to enjoy more than 10% growth in its four main segments -- small firms (one to 20 employees), middle market (21 to 99 employees), "large locals" (hospitals, universities, school systems, etc.), and carrier/wholesale.

Citing some figures, Rowley said Cox Business now offers Metro Ethernet service to 15,000 companies in its regions, serves more than 7,000 schools, and delivers mobile backhaul service to more than 5,000 cell towers. He also said his division remains on track to reach $2 billion in annual revenues by the end of 2016, a goal originally set by Meeks three years ago.

As part of its expansion efforts, Cox Business plans to introduce managed security and related services in the near future. Rowley said his division will soon conduct trials of managed routers with select customers to prepare for the service rollout. "That opens up another segment, another pie, for us to go after," he said.

Rowley also has high hopes for the deployment of small cells, which Cox Business will also be testing in the second half of the year. "I think it's going to be a large business," he said. "It could be similar to wireless backhaul."

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
From The Founder
NFV's promises of automation and virtualization are intriguing, but what really excites service providers is the massive amount of money they could save.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
VMWare VP Brings Women Up With Her

8|16|17   |   6:49   |   (1) comment


It's an art and a science to make mentorship, inclusive leadership, diversity and promotion of high-potential women work, says Honore' LaBourdette, vice president of Global Market Development at VMWare.
LRTV Documentaries
5G Spectrum Wars – The Recap

8|15|17   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


Service provider 3 has filed a lawsuit against Ofcom over 5G spectrum auction in the UK.
LRTV Custom TV
Say What? Facebook Unleashes AI Anarchy – The Recap

8|7|17   |     |   (0) comments


A recap of the week's talking points on Light Reading's sister site, telecoms.com. Facebook AI programmers had a bit of a brain-fade as they allowed one of its AI applications to invent its ...
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Fujitsu's Women Band Together to Help Girls Do STEM

8|2|17   |   9:35   |   (1) comment


Supporting women both inside and outside of Fujitsu is a top priority of the telecom vendor. Yanbing Li, Fujitsu Network Communication's director of System Software Development & Delivery, shares why it's important, but why there's still a long road ahead.
LRTV Custom TV
If You're Not First, You're Last – The Recap

7|31|17   |   08:18   |   (1) comment


In case you missed it, Amazon's 1% stock increase helped Jeff Bezos dethrone Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. Also, Taiwanese electronics manufacturer
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Tech President Preps Workforce for the Future

7|26|17   |   5:47   |   (10) comments


AT&T is focused on the software-defined network of the future and is reskilling its workforce to get ready too, according to AT&T's President of Technology Development Melissa Arnoldi.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Cisco: Mentoring Critical to Attract & Retain Women

7|19|17   |   6:40   |   (1) comment


Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing System Product Group, shares why mentoring in all its forms is important for women and what Cisco is doing that's made a difference for women in tech.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit LTE With Snapdragon 835

7|12|17   |     |   (1) comment


At an event in Wembley stadium, EE used its live network to demonstrate gigabit LTE using a Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.
LRTV Custom TV
Implementing Machine Intelligence With Guavus

7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


Guavus unites big data and machine intelligence, enabling many of the the largest service providers in the world to save money and drive measureable revenue. Learn how applying Machine Intelligence substantially reduces operational costs and in many cases can eliminate subscriber impact, meaning a better subscriber experience and higher NPS.
LRTV Custom TV
Unlocking Customer Experience Insights With Machine Intelligence

7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


When used to analyze operational data and to drive operational decisions, machine intelligence reduces the number of tasks which require human intervention. Guavus invested in Machine Intelligence early. Learn about the difference between Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Verizon VP Talks Network, Career Planning

7|12|17   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Technology, Strategy & Planning at Verizon, shares how bold bets and the future of tech define her career.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Masergy's NFV Journey

7|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ray Watson, vice president of global technology at Masergy, discusses the advantages and challenges in entering the still-maturing NFV market for the past three years.
Upcoming Live Events
September 28, 2017, Denver, CO
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Intel CEO Leaves Trump Biz Advisory Board
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/15/2017
Are Cord-Cutting's Days Numbered?
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 8/14/2017
Analyst Nolle: Fundamental Errors Plague NFV
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/11/2017
Verizon Video Woes Pile On
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/14/2017
Orchestration Startup UBiqube Pivots Away From NFV
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/15/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Animals with Phones
We Know a Tough Day When We See One Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.