Cox's Wideband Tease

4:25 PM -- Did Cox Communications Inc. just bury the lead?

The MSO issued a release today kicking off with news that it has juiced up its "Premier" tier by 25 percent, offering 25 Mbit/s downstream and 2 Mbit/s upstream. With PowerBoost (a patented technology that increases speeds when there's latent capacity on the network) enabled, customers can get 30 Mbit/s down and 3 Mbit/s up.

A few graphs later, the operator casually throws in that it has "recently implemented" Docsis 3.0 in San Diego "as part of its ongoing data network advancement plan…" (See Cox Does D3 in San Diego.)

However, a quick check of the official Cox San Diego site doesn't mention a wideband tier, perhaps indicating that the MSO's still getting the network ready in anticipation of a commercial service introduction.

We've asked Cox to clarify what's up with that, but a San Diego launch would pit wideband against AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) U-verse, and get the MSO a few steps closer to its announced plan of having Docsis 3.0 on two thirds of its network by the end of 2010.

UPDATE: Cox confirmed that it has not yet launched its "Ultimate" tier in San Diego, but says it is upgrading the network there as it deploys wideband to more Cox markets.

However, a Cox spokesman notes that they recommend, but don't require, customers who take the Premier tier to purchase a Docsis 3.0 cable modem. [Ed note: well, at least that'll put a Trojan Horse in there in case those subs want to upgrade to even higher speeds later on.]

Cox has already launched the 50-Mbit/s (downstream) Ultimate tier in parts of Arizona, Rhode Island, Northern Virginia, Lafayette Parish, La., and Palos Verdes, Calif. (See Cox Kicks at Qwest , Cox Unleashes Wideband, and Cox Faces FiOS in Fairfax, Fredericksburg.) — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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