Cox launches DOCSIS 3.0 attack on Qwest

Cox may have made Verizon FiOS markets the target for its DOCSIS 3.0 service, but now it's turning its attention to Qwest's Fiber to the Node (FTTN) Arizona market. The cable MSO wants to one up Qwest's 40 Mbps VDSL2 service with its "Ultimate" service tier that it says will deliver 50 Mbps downstream and an unbounded upstream of 5 Mbps for $89.99 a month. Subscribers will also have access to Cox's PowerBoost which allows users to get speeds of up to 55 Mbps when excess network capacity is available. Cox currently offers the PowerBoost service in Phoenix and Tucson with plans to launch it in Scottsdale, Ariz. in September.

With a reported 3 million subscribers, Arizona is a major market for Cox. However, the MSO's goal is to go compete against Qwest's VDSL2-based service with 40 Mbps downstream/20 Mbps upstream at a starting price of $109.99. There are a few catches with the Qwest VDSL2 service, meanwhile. Not only do customers have to purchase the telco's phone service, but the speeds that each user gets with VDSL2 will obviously degrade the further away the subscriber is from the CO.

Cox has continued to make strides with its DOCSIS 3.0 roll out. Focusing on AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS territories, the MSO has rolled out DOCSIS 3.0 in FiOS stomping grounds including Rhode Island and Northern Virginia. It's also pushing into Lafayette Parish, La., to combat not only AT&T U-Verse, but also the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS), which has built a municipal FTTH network.  

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