Cox Business said today that it has received certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum for MEF 14.

Service providers that attain MEF 14 certification have the ability to offer quality of service (QoS) for Ethernet services, backed by service level specifications.

Cox Business, a division of Cox Communications, is currently ranked fourth among U.S. Ethernet providers, above several incumbent providers, according to Vertical Systems Group's Year-End 2007 U.S. Retail Business Ethernet share analysis.

Cox Business became the first MSO to enter the top tier of U.S. business Ethernet providers in 2007 (story here). Cox Business attributed its aggressive growth to its history of delivering Ethernet services to customers served by both fiber and hybrid fiber/coax (HFC).

"Ethernet-based services are extremely flexible and efficient, and MEF 14 certification further demonstrates Cox's commitment to this technology," said Kristine Faulkner, VP of product development and management for Cox Business. "Cox's network uniquely aligns with this preferred transport platform to offer compelling data services throughout our service areas that meet a variety of business needs."

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