Cox Business has joined the growing group of service providers that have received the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certification, a designation that further advances the MSO's position in the Ethernet services market.
An early cable business provider, Cox was required to demonstrate to the MEF that its Carrier Ethernet products comply with a host of relevant and rigorous MEF specifications and testing.
Initially offering wholesale fiber-based services to other service providers, Cox has continued to grow its presence in the Ethernet market, providing services to a host of medium-sized businesses, government agencies and school districts.
The MSO is not sitting on its laurels.
Cox Business has enhanced its Ethernet service line with MPLS IP-VPN service, a service that's becoming a table stakes requirement for larger business customers. Earlier, it bolstered its on-net fiber presence in Tulsa, Okla. by reaching a deal to acquire CLEC EasyTEL.
According to Vertical Systems Group, cable may be the smallest in terms of total U.S. installations, but it's the fastest growing segment. Cox and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) both saw the largest port gains, while their counterpart Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) led in overall growth.
There are three factors that are helping able operators like Cox achieve their Ethernet growth rate: their focus on the small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB) that have been largely ignored by large incumbent telcos, installation times, and aggressive pricing.
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Cox Business offers business grade HFC-based 80, 100 Mbps services