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Cox's gateway to VoIP opens up business for Nuera

Sun, 06/06/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Cox Communications said it will use media gateways from Nuera Communications Inc. to support a national rollout of IP telephony services. Financial terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed.

Cox, which initially got into the cable voice game with traditional circuit-switched technology, deployed IP-based telephony services in Roanoke, Va. in late 2003. The operator expects to leverage the PacketCable infrastructure to roll out VoIP in additional markets.

"The multi-vendor, distributed and security characteristics of the PacketCable architecture will enable us to easily deliver our Cox Digital Telephone service offering in our markets," said Jay Rolls, Cox's VP of telephone and data engineering, in a release. "However, we must also deliver the high quality and outstanding performance that the market has come to expect from Cox Digital Telephone."

Cox presently uses Nuera's line of BTX media gateways, and plans to deploy additional units as it adds VoIP in more markets.

Nuera and Cox first came together when Cox tapped the vendor's gear to put VoIP on the operator's long distance network, noted Nuera Director of Product Marketing Joe Matibag.

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