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Arris scores $500M Cox cable telephony contract

Wed, 11/06/2002 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Although a sexy new service like video-on-demand grabs plenty of cable headlines, it's sometimes easy to forget that some cable operators are still moving ahead swiftly with telephony services.

Among the latter, Cox Communications announced today that it has renewed its contract with Arris to support the MSO's national cable telephony efforts. The new five-year deal, valued at roughly $500 million, touches both existing circuit-switched and newer voice-over-IP technology.

More specifically, the agreement calls for Arris to supply its Touchstone Telephony Port, an outdoor embedded multimedia terminal adapter (e-MTA) for VoIP deployments, and to upgrade Host Digital Terminals (HTDs) with new software that gives Cox the ability to monitor and create reports on the integrity of its broadband network.

"Cox has enjoyed great success gaining new customers through its circuit-switched cable telephony business, and we're looking forward to helping them grow that business as they implement their transition to IP telephony," Arris Broadband President Jim Lakin said, in a press release.

To date, the majority of Cox's telephony deployments have leveraged traditional circuit-switched technology. The MSO has conducted a technical IP telephony trial in Oklahoma City, where Cox used IP in the access network and the existing Class 5 switch. Cox ended the third quarter with 3.8 million telephony-ready homes and 651,233 telephony customers.

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