& cplSiteName &

Cox Lays Out Gigabit Roadmap

Mari Silbey
5/23/2014
50%
50%

Following up on its announcement at The Cable Show last month, Cox Communications is now offering more detail on the company's pending rollout of gigabit broadband services throughout its territories. (See Cox Goes for a Gigabit .)

Cox Communications Inc. is targeting Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha as its first new gigabit markets and plans to begin deployments across its entire footprint by the end of 2016. In addition to residential home service, the company will offer gigabit connectivity to select condominiums and apartments and will expand WiFi service both in common areas of those multi-dwelling units (MDU) and in public locations across the Phoenix and Las Vegas metro areas.

The announcement by Cox, the first major North American MSO to make a 1-Gig commitment throughout its footprint, follows a recent pattern of competitive announcements from broadband service providers. Typically, one operator introduces or says it will explore delivery of higher broadband speeds, and then other local providers rapidly follow suit. In February, for instance, Google Fiber Inc. said it would look at expanding fiber service to 34 new cities, including Phoenix, where it will compete against Cox for the first time. (See Google Fiber Shifts Into High Gear.)

At the same time, CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) began offering gigabit service in Las Vegas last fall and in Omaha last May, putting Cox on the hot seat in those two markets as well.

This isn't Cox's first venture into gigabit broadband service. In addition to providing gigabit connections to commercial customers, the operator started a fiber-to-the-home trial service in Orange County, Calif. last year. For the company's upcoming deployments, a spokesperson noted that Cox hasn't yet specified which technologies it will use, but said that it will rely on portions of Cox's existing network in addition to newer fiber infrastructure.

While most Cox customers won't get gigabit broadband service immediately, the cable company said it will double speeds on its two most popular Internet service tiers -- Preferred and Premium -- this year, raising the maximum downstream speeds of those tiers to 50 Mbit/s and 100 Mbit/s, respectively.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(21)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
6/3/2014 | 5:45:52 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
Latency gets me more than bandwidth. It's not that the page takes time to load. It's that it takes time to even start loading. 
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/29/2014 | 9:07:33 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
Not to mention that the Google reach now expands to a whole different user base than their search & free service users. I must give them credit for not getting comfortable.
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/29/2014 | 8:21:52 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
The other thing I think Google has to gain in doing some of provider based access itself, is that it becomes a great trial after beta environment, where they can see how their services, offerings and applications behave in a complete Google controled environment but with real customers.  Still I like that they are planning on expanding beyond the initial deployment.
dwx
50%
50%
dwx,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/29/2014 | 7:45:54 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
I think the speeds will be more important when people move to all-IP delivery for everything over the big dumb pipe  You might have 4K video streaming to 3-4 devices in your house at the same time.  Advances like H.265 will cut down on video bandwidth quite a bit from where it is now for all services, so once it becomes de-facto we may see a decrease in current HD bandwidth used overall, but 4K (or 8K?) will have wider adoption.  

I think most services like PVR will exist in the cloud in the future as well.  Cutting down the cost of a STB is key so making it as dumb as possible is the wave of the future with most advanced services and storage, etc. being remote.  

I still don't know what you would use a symmetric 1Gbps service for though, you can easily do all of the above on a 100Mbps connection.  

Google has been smart in their builds like they always are, get municipalities and utilities, etc. to foot as much of the bills as possible, work out great contracts, etc.  They also only target areas with demand, unlike a cable/telco who blankets an entire area.  I know someone in KC who can't get their service because not enough people in his neighborhood want it.   Even then I don't think they are making any money off it.  
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/29/2014 | 2:53:23 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
Agreed, Especially the high end fiber, at some point you'll see the patterens stop increasing due to top end speed.  Meaning that the difference on the average user on a 100M line vs 300M line really won't be much because most users can't ingest that much content, ie the internet is slowing them down.  I've got 50M down and I'm happy at the moment.

Over time the average usage will go up as people's usage demands more and more bandwidth.

Lastly, bandwidth end to end is part of the equation, there's also stuff like latency.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/29/2014 | 2:02:47 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
NotFromNebraska - Alas, my networking skills are such that I don't even understand those questions.... :)
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/29/2014 | 2:00:19 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
Better video performance would be welcome. 

So maybe very few consumers need 1 G now, but they'd be able to use 100 Mb today and find more uses for more bandwidth another day. 
NotFromNebraska
50%
50%
NotFromNebraska,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/28/2014 | 4:05:37 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
Currently getting 32 Mb

 
  • Do you have a DOCIS 3.0 modem?
  • How many bonded channels on your cable modem?
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/28/2014 | 3:53:09 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
NotFromNebraska - I use Cox too, and my service level is advertised as 50 Mb. 

Currently getting 32 Mb, which isn't bad. 

I cycled the power on my AirPort Monday; I wonder if that has anything to do with my bandwidth being better now than it has been recently?
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/28/2014 | 3:26:13 PM
Re: 1 Gbps
3D and 4k streaming, or anything that requires larger bandwidth peak rates.  Holograms that wake you up and tell you about your calendar and take notes from you, 3D printer files for stream to order.  I'm sure the guys at google are thinking up some neat stuff.  We don't do Video over ISDN because noone will wait for it.  As the applications grow the need will grow along with it.  Even if you can't use the whole GigE with today's content, it pushes the average up as well.  Remember the days we used to think 1.5M was fast?  and we used to use download managers to pause our modems?  Now we sigh when we see buffering on an HD video.

Granted lots sounds like science fiction, but the next great thing somes do.
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
From The Founder
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
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.
LRTV Custom TV
Energy 2020: Growing Services, Not Consumption

6|24|16   |   07:18   |   (0) comments


Management of power requirements needs to be a key consideration as cable operators deploy new services, says Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee. In this video, Cooper discusses the importance of cable operators and technology partners ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei & TDC First to Launch DOCSIS 3.1 Trial in Europe

6|24|16   |     |   (0) comments


To meet the rising demands for high-speed broadband and to tackle fierce competition for 1.5 million household, TDC wanted to upgrade its network to use the latest technology. Using Huawei's DOCSIS 3.1 solution, TDC is now able to offer gigabit speeds to its customers.
LRTV Documentaries
OPNFV Summit: Key Takeaways

6|22|16   |   03:28   |   (0) comments


MANO shortfalls, an increasingly bloated open source ecosystem and the cultural challenges for network operators were among the key takeaways from the OPNFV Summit in Berlin.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Bringing Ultra Broadband to the South Pacific

6|22|16   |   7:55   |   (0) comments


At Singapore's UBBS 2016 summit, Light Reading speaks to Lim Chee Siong, Huawei's CMO in the South Pacific Region.
LRTV Custom TV
Juniper's NFV Platform

6|22|16   |     |   (0) comments


A telco cloud is a key enabler for service providers to deliver virtualized services to their customers. Juniper has a differentiated approach with an open and comprehensive NFV platform to build the cloud of the future for multiple use cases.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Infinera: The Glass Ceiling's Been Broken

6|22|16   |   4:34   |   (0) comments


Shannon Williams, an engineer by trade and now the director of sales for Infinera's major accounts, draws confidence from being a female in a male-dominated industry and hopes other women will too as industry dynamics swing in our favor.
LRTV Custom TV
RAD Demonstrates SD-WAN Functionality at BCE 2016

6|22|16   |     |   (0) comments


In conjunction with Versa Networks, RAD demos a joint solution for SD-WAN implementation. The solution uses RAD's ETX-2i, a vCPE platform integrating a powerful IP and Carrier Ethernet NID/NTU with a field-pluggable x86 NFV module that runs Versa's FlexVNF for SD-WAN functionality. The demo implements SD-WAN over a simulated service provider footprint by deploying ...
LRTV Custom TV
Radware on Virtualizing Network Security

6|21|16   |     |   (0) comments


Radware's Michael O'Malley highlights the benefits for service providers of virtualizing network security.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei 2016 UBBS World Tour: Singapore

6|21|16   |   02:39   |   (0) comments


Highlights from Huawei's UBBS World Tour event in Singapore.
LRTV Custom TV
The FlowBROKER Solution

6|21|16   |     |   (0) comments


During a demo at the Big Communications Event 2016, Accedian director of product line solutions Greg Spear demonstrates how the FlowBROKER distributed packet capture solution (part of Accedian's SkyLIGHT platform) can be used to troubleshoot and resolve QoE issues.

FlowBROKER is the industry's first lossless remote packet capture solution, which uses ...

LRTV Documentaries
BCE 2016: Dell & the New World Order

6|21|16   |   22:48   |   (0) comments


Dell's Jim Ganthier on how the very essence of enterprise is being affected by digital disruption – and how the cloud can help companies find a path forward.
LRTV Documentaries
BCE 2016: The CSP of the Future

6|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


Traditional telecom operators have been adopting new ways of doing business from the IT sector and emulating web-scale companies in their technology adoption. Are these strategies succeeding? A panel of experts at BCE considered the evidence...
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 6-8, 2016,
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
Hot Topics
FCC to Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/20/2016
'Brexit' Vote Hits BT, Vodafone
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/24/2016
Twitter Buys Magic Pony... Not That Kind
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/20/2016
AT&T Settles on LTE for Cellular IoT
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/22/2016
Google Fiber Buys Webpass in Wireless Play
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/23/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.
Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE/ISBE, sits down with Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York office to discuss the society's Energy 2020 campaign, including its mission to benefit the environment, enable economic benefits and the key challenges facing cable operators wanting to reduce energy consumption.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.