When Cox Business began offering wholesale fiber bandwidth to other carriers and business customers over a decade ago, few in the telecom industry probably would have thought the MSO would become a major player in Ethernet service. Yet the Atlanta, Ga.-based MSO now is the fourth largest Ethernet provider in terms of customer ports sold, according to Vertical Systems Group. To enhance its Ethernet service customer base, the MSO will deploy Alcatel-Lucent IP router products and services over both its sizeable fiber and existing Hybrid Fiber Coax-based networks.
Being a private company, Cox did not reveal any financial details on how many markets the new equipment would be deployed in other than to say that it will leverage the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router to deliver businesses services over a common routing edge platform. But the deployment was not just about the new platform alone. In addition to providing the routing platforms, Alcatel-Lucent provided necessary integration and testing services.
Cox Business 2009: 16 percent growth, $1B revenues