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Cox Communications Inc. is looking to electronically accept access service requests (ASR) from companies wanting to lease high-speed data links, and is turning to DSET Corp. to make it happen.

The cabler has purchased the ezAccess Receive gateway from DSET. Financial terms were not disclosed. The send and receive capabilities of the gateway automate the ASR process for service provides, including ILECs, IXCs, CLECs and carriers that provide wholesale transmission facilities to other providers.

Cox also will use the gateways to interconnect with trading partners, including BellSouth Corp., Verizon East and West, Pacific Bell and SBC Communications. "As Cox continues to build efficiencies in our telephony OSS environment, the DSET ASR send/receive gateways provide another effective integration point to our external trading partners," Cox's Executive Direct of telephony OSS Ron Whited said in a statement.

This is not the first order Cox has placed with DSET. Last year, the MSO purchased gateways and services to automate the pre-order process and port telephone numbers from ILECs for customers.

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