Cox Wireless Preps for New England Launch

Cox Communications Inc. confirmed a local report that the MSO will soon announce wireless launch plans for Rhode Island and its other nearby markets.

"Cox will unveil its plans for offering wireless service in its New England market later this month," an MSO spokesman notes.

A Cox official told WPRI.com that it could "probably expect to see some activity in the market around the launch of our service in the month of April," but stopped short of saying when Cox intends to actually start selling services.

However, New England is next in line to get Cox's new wireless service, which initially will piggyback on the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) 3G network. Cox is also building out its own network and has plans to migrate to Long Term Evolution (LTE). The MSO has not announced when it will start to deliver services on its own network, but there's been plenty of evidence that it has been seeking zoning approvals to install its antennas. (See Cox Wireless: Soup to Nuts .)

As far as the New England area goes, wireless would give Cox another weapon to wield against Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), which has been applying pressure on Cox with its FiOS rollouts in the region.

News of the coming launch offers more indication that Cox will indeed push forward with its wireless plans following the departure of VP of Wireless Stephen Bye, who is now vice president-technology development at Sprint. (See What's Next for Cox Wireless? )

Cox has already turned up wireless service in Hampton Roads, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; and Orange County, Calif. Cox Wireless is expected to light up service soon in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla. (See Cox to Flip Wireless Switch in Oklahoma and Cox Wireless Is Go for Launch.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

SteveDonohue 12/5/2012 | 5:10:11 PM
re: Cox Wireless Preps for New England Launch

I'm curious to see what kind of bundle discounts that Cox may offer subscribers that take a quad play of mobile phone, digital video, high-speed data and digital/ landline phone, especially in markets where it competes with Verizon. Verizon offers subscribers that order a quad play a $10 monthly discount on Verizon Wireless. If Cox can match or undercut Verizon's pricing - and if other cable MSOs like Cablevision expand into the mobile phone business, pricing could come down on these quad play packages. 


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