Cox Business offers business grade HFC-based 80, 100 Mbps services

Cox Communications on Wednesday launched a version of its DOCSIS 3.0-based service that puts 80 and 100 Mbps speeds in the hands of the small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Initially Cox will offer the new speed tiers in Acadiana, La., with plans to enable other markets later this year and early in 2013.

For customers that require higher speed fiber connections, Cox can provide up to 10G speeds.

But the new services aren't just about speeds alone. The MSO backs up the offering with service level agreements (SLAs) in addition to a suite of backup and security products to protect customers' data.

Acadiana has been a key area of growth and investment for Cox Business. Over the past four years, Cox Business invested over $12 million in expanding its fiber network in the Lafayette and Acadiana area.

The service provider has a redundant fiber ring in Lafayette and a regional fiber ring throughout Acadiana, Cox Business has a larger fully redundant fiber ring that serves the South Louisiana region by connecting Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Having this broad fiber connectivity is a key element to Cox Businesses' ability to serve both SMBs and larger businesses.

Cox Business has become a growing threat in the business services market, particularly with its higher speed DOCSIS and seperate set of Ethernet-based services. Coupled with fellow cable MSO Time Warner Cable, Cox Business has been a constant fixture on Vertical Systems Group's (VSG) mid-year Ethernet Leaderboard, a report that measures the top Ethernet providers in terms of port shares sold for a number of years.

The service provider's ongoing dedication to expansion and responding to various customer segment needs has helped the competitive provider, which got its start as mainly a wholesale fiber provider in 1993, achieve $1.2 billion in revenue last year.

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