Cox Communications, the nation’s third-largest MSO, has flipped the switch on its DOCSIS 3.0-based wideband service in the Phoenix and Tucson areas in Arizona.
Starting in Carefree and Rio Verde, Cox subscribers can sign up for the company’s 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps service, which is called “Ultimate Internet,” for $89.99 per month. Cox said the wideband service would be available in the Scottsdale area next month and that it plans on having the entire market covered next year.
Cox customers can ramp up their speeds to 55 Mbps via its PowerBoost technology when they need extra downstream speed.
"This technology is the gold standard for speed and reliability," said Josh Nelson, vice president of information and network technologies for Cox Arizona. "Our customers have said they want an online experience that allows them to do more, do it faster and on a network they trust. DOCSIS 3.0 lets them do that."
A spokesman for Cox said it has 3 million customer relationships in Arizona, which includes customers for all of its triple play services.
Qwest offers a 40 Mbps service in Arizona, but so far it’s only available in limited areas.
Cox plans to offer DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in more than two-thirds of its systems across the country by the end of 2010.
Cox is using DOCSIS 3.0 gear from Cisco, including Cisco’s uBR10012 cable modem termination system and the company’s DPC3000 cable modem, but a spokesman for Cox said it has also qualified modems from Motorola. Cox is bonding four downstream channels in order to offer the faster speed.
Cox, the nation’s third-largest MSO, previously launched DOCSIS 3.0 in Rhode Island, Northern Virginia, Lafayette Parish, La., and in Fredericksburg and Fairfax County in Virginia.