Cox stays mum about wireless launch details

Cox Communications is remaining silent about pricing for its wireless service and phones, and still does not have a definitive date for when it will formally launch the service to the general public.

Cox wirelessThe company opened a new kiosk designed to sell wireless devices at a mall in Norfolk, Va., but did not say when the kiosk would be filled with phones. "Right now, it's not about when we go to market; it's about how well we meet our customers' expectations when we do," Cox spokeswoman Felicia Blow told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. A Cox spokeswoman, Jill Ullman, told FierceWireless last week that the company did not have an update on its plans.

The MSO has been testing wireless service with "friendly" customers in Hampton Roads, Va., Omaha, Neb. and Orange County, Calif., since March. Friendly customers are either employees or friends and family of employees. In mid-May, Cox President Pat Esser told Bloomberg that those markets will be commercially ready in two to three months--or late summer.

Cox plans to deploy its CDMA EV-DO network--via suppliers Starent and Huawei--on its own AWS spectrum, and eventually plans to migrate to LTE via its 700 MHz holdings. The carrier's current wireless efforts rely on Sprint Nextel's (NYSE:S) network, an interim step as the company prepares its own network. Cox also has been conducting LTE voice and video trials on its AWS and 700 MHz spectrum.

For more:
- see this Virginian-Pilot article

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