Remaining bullish on bundled voice/video/data services, Cox Communications has launched digital cable telephony service to more than 200,000 homes in the Tucson-Green Valley, Ariz. area.
Cox also offers telephony service in Phoenix. Outside of the state, Cox offers digital phone in markets such as Hampton Roads, Va.; New England, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Omaha, Neb.; Orange County, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and Wichita, Kan. All of Cox's commercially deployed voice markets use traditional circuit switch technology.
The MSO is also exploring the virtues of packet-based voice services, and has detailed its position on VoIP in a recently issued white paper.
In Tucson, Cox is offering one phone line for $11.75 per month, 11 percent lower than incumbent voice provider Qwest Communications, the MSO said. A second Cox phone line is $8.50 per month, 20 percent lower than Qwest's second line rate.
Cox said a 2002 customer survey indicated that 41 percent of its customers in Tucson said they would be "very interested" in bundled services from the MSO. Cox is also giving a price break to customers who subscribe to two or more services.
"Leveraging our existing circuit switch assets to deliver our local, Cox-managed and delivered service to more consumers in Arizona perfectly complements our long-term strategy to be the preferred provider of video, data and voice," said David Pugliese, Cox's vice president, marketing and management.