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Cox tests 4G, gets 25Mbps

updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue February 23, 2010

Company focusing on 3G network rollout in March

Cox Communications' Stephen Bye, vice president of wireless service, says tests of the company's Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network technology reached peak speeds in the 25Mbps range. The tests, occurred in atypical conditions, employing a single user with a multiple-antenna setup at very close range. Toward the limit of the test cell's coverage, data rates dropped to 10Mbps. In real-life situations, data transfer would be shared between multiple users in the cell's range.

Cox is currently offering 3G wireless service in three test markets on Sprint's CDMA network, and is building its own 3G network using the same EV-DO technology. Cox plans to launch its network in March, and will continue to partner with Sprint for roaming coverage. The 3G standard has a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 14.7Mbs, but typically only reaches 1Mbps.

Bye called consumer appetite for data transfer "insatiable." He declared that the vast majority of that demand would continue to be met with wired solutions, even after 4G becomes available on the major carriers in coming months.

Cox holds licenses which would support 4G service on the network Sprint is building, using the WiMAX standard; however, as a third party it's not necessarily required to follow Sprint's path and should get higher speeds through LTE. AT&T is building its 4G network using LTE.

The introduction of Cox into the cellular space is likely to heat up relatively low competition as it will share the same standard as Verizon's upcoming 4G network as well as the 2011 deployments of AT&T and T-Mobile. [via Fierce Wireless]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. ingenious

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    Cox?

    I have Cox at home for cable internet. Their. Support. Sucks.

  1. macnscott

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    Joined: Sep 2006

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    Cox!

    ingenious,

    Not sure what happened to you, but here in Kansas, Cox simply ROCKS. Especially compared to AT&T and Sprint. I have their 2nd fastest cable modem package at home which is 12 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up. I often see speeds in the 15-18 Mbps down and in the 4-5 Mbps up when I check speeds at speakeasy.net/speedtest. Rarely do I see it below 8 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps.

    At work we use Cox Internet (Fiber 20Mbps symmetrical I believe) and Cox PRI phone service. Both are rock solid.

    The few times I have had to call tech support, they have been courteous, knowledgeable and worked with a sense of urgency to fix my issue. Their onsite techs are just as good.

    I can't wait for them to bring wireless service to my area!

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