Cox conducts LTE tests in US

US operator Cox Communications delivers voice calling and HD video during LTE trials in the US.

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Cox conducts LTE tests in US Cox Communications completed the trials in Phoenix and Arizona. (Cox Communications)
By  Roger Field Published  January 31, 2010

US broadband and telecom provider Cox Communications has completed trials of voice calling and high definition video streaming using LTE technology.

Cox conducted the 4G trials in Phoenix and San Diego, which it selected for the “advanced technology-orientation” of its residential and business users, as well as diverse terrain and suburban density of the cities.

Stephen Bye, Cox's vice president of wireless, said the tests demonstrated the company’s commitment to “deploy 4G wireless broadband services to meet the needs of our customers.”

“We are encouraged by the success of the Phoenix and San Diego tests, which further validate our decision to pursue 4G based on LTE, specifically the 3GPP Release 8 standard,” he added.

Cox's 4G technology and service trials use the AWS and 700 MHz spectrum that it acquired at Federal Communication Commission auctions in 2006 and 2008. Cox spent over $550 million for radio spectrum licenses to support its wireless plans, which include wireless broadband.

While Cox is testing 4G LTE technology in these markets, it is initially deploying wireless services using the 3G CDMA standard in Hampton Roads, Va., Orange County, Calif. and Omaha, Nebraska.

Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei collaborated with Cox in conducting the 4G trials and testing the wireless services and applications.

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network.

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