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Cox, Charter delivering fiber optic cable telecom link

Tue, 03/18/2008 - 9:30am
Traci Patterson

Cox Business and Charter Business are pairing up to deliver a direct fiber optic cable telecommunications link to metropolitan areas outside of traditional service footprints.

The companies said that businesses in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., can now securely connect offices and information systems with a dedicated SONET, Ethernet connection or IP transport service. Similarly, a link has been established between Cox in Orange County, Calif., and Charter in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

“This agreement brings a competitive choice to businesses that need to communicate with locations in other key commerce hubs in the western U.S.,” said Jim McGann, VP and GM of Charter Business. “While customers have always been able to obtain fiber optic network services within the Charter Business and Cox Business footprints, they were limited to regional telephone companies to connect locations across the two footprints.”

“By interconnecting our existing robust networks, we're able to provide customers with a reliable and competitive choice,” said David Blau, VP and GM of Cox Business and Hospitality Network in Nevada. “The simplicity of one carrier, one network provider, one bill, one number for technical support and seamless connectivity creates immediate cost and resource efficiencies for our business customers.”

Cox and Charter are both facilities-based telecom providers who build and maintain their own networks and provide triple-play services.

Cox Business was the fourth-largest U.S. provider of retail business Ethernet services at mid-year 2007, marking the first time an MSO had reached the top tier (story here).
As of February, Cox Business had increased its market share to maintain its fourth-place position (story here).

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