Cox Business: An opportunistic approach - Wireless backhaul

Cox Business may seem like a newcomer to the wholesale backhaul, but in actuality the service provider got it start as a wholesale service provider selling fiber capacity to other carriers, including IXCs and wireless operators in the early 1990s, and the company is continuing that tradition today.

"Cox Business really started out in the market by serving as a last mile provider to the IXCs in our fiber-rich areas," said Kristine Faulkner, vice president of product development for Cox Business. "That business continues to be strong, but with the merger activity means that it's not growing quite as fast. What is more than making up for it is the growth in wireless backhaul. As we look at wholesale, the growth in wireless backhaul is distinctly the driver."

Faulkner has the data to back up her claims. Currently, the service provider estimates that wireless backhaul actually makes up 11 percent of the revenues of its wholesale business. Similar to incumbent service providers, Cox Business is taking an opportunistic and multi-purpose approach with how it lays fiber to cell sites and grows the backhaul opportunity. As Cox Business ramps up the build out of fiber rings to support traditional enterprise business efforts, it will target the build out of its fiber rings to simultaneously target both new business service opportunities and wireless backhaul opportunities. 

Of course, fiber is just one leg of its backhaul stool. Cox is finding that wireless operators are now becoming open-minded about leveraging Cox's traditional HFC network.  Whether its HFC or fiber, it's clear that the Cox Business shows that the cable operators are becoming a formidable force in the wireless backhaul wholesale market.  

Cox Business: An opportunistic approach - Wireless backhaul