Cox to complete network transfer in Jan., inks security deal
Undaunted by losing its bid for AT&T Broadband and by Excite- AtHome's imminent passing, Cox Communications says it's begun transferring customers to its new $150 million network, and will finish this month.
The company also agreed to limited marketing of Security Broadband's SafeVillage home security service over its cable network. Comcast Cable Communications likewise signed with Security Broadband.
Cox's self-managed network will support its high-speed Internet service, as well as products from Cox Business Services. Service data centers in Atlanta, Oklahoma City and San Diego will house servers for e-mail, news and Web pages, and will support 11 regional data centers nationwide, it says.
The migration started last month in Roanoke, Va., and within the next two weeks, Cox will send out conversion kits to customers of the high- speed Internet service.
Cox's deal to use SafeVillage follows technical trials in the fourth quarter of 2000, designed to test the systems, assess the upstream demands on the cable system, and measure users' experience with the technology, it says. Security Broadband used the results to "hone" its service, it says, and will start service on Comcast and Cox systems in Sarasota, Fla., and Las Vegas in the first quarter.
SafeVillage uses cablecos' existing broadband capabilities to deliver its professionally monitored home security services, via two-way audio and real-time video.