Cox Communications is gearing up for a commercial launch of its wireless service in three markets sometime over the holiday season.
A spokesman for Cox confirmed that Cox will be rolling out its wireless service to customers in Hampton Roads, Va., Omaha, Neb., and Orange County, Calif. Late last year, Cox announced a trial of its phone and mobile data services in the same systems.
Cox is using Sprint's 3G CDMA network and assets in the three locations that are about to launch commercially. Cox has also previously said it would launch a wireless business offering through Cox Business.
Cox has had wireless plans in the works for some time but has been slow out of the gate. Two years ago, the cable operator said it planned on launching its own wireless network in the second half of last year, but instead announced the 3G trials with Sprint.
Earlier this year, Cox conducted 4G trials in San Diego and Phoenix in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei. Cox's 4G technology and service trials for voice calling and HD video used the AWS and 700 MHz spectrum that it acquired from Federal Communications Commission auctions in 2006 and 2008. Cox spent more than $550 million for radio spectrum licenses to support its wireless plans.