Cox Communications to bring 1 Gig service to Virginia

Cox Communications is capitalizing on the growing 1 Gbps it decided to take part in by announcing that Virginia will be the next market where it will deliver the fiber-based broadband service.

The launch in Virginia follows its move to bring the service earlier this month to parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, where it will battle incumbent telco CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL). Besides Phoenix, the cable MSO will battle the ILEC in both Las Vegas and Omaha next, two markets where CenturyLink has also rolled out its own 1 Gbps fiber-based service.  

Under its proposed plan, Cox said it would expand the availability across Virginia and in all of the other locations where it offers service throughout the United States by the end of 2016.

Cox is taking a two-pronged delivery strategy that will use a mix of GPON-based fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology and extend into the remaining area of the market using DOCSIS 3.1-enabled equipment when it becomes available.

Having been providing 1 Gbps services to businesses for over 10 years, Cox is hardly a novice in delivering fiber-based broadband services.

Delivering 1 Gbps is part of a broader effort Cox has embarked on to increase Internet service speeds. The service provider increased the speeds of its two main Internet products: Internet Preferred product from 25 to 50 Mbps and High Speed Internet Premier from 50 to 100 Mbps.

For more:
- see the release

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