Cox Business Wins Okie Contract8/13/2002 3:55 PM Eastern
The state of Oklahoma will be picking up the phone using Cox Business
The Cox Communications Inc. affiliate landed a contract
worth $1.75 million with the Sooner State to provide telecommunications services to all
of the buildings in the state's Capital Complex using its hybrid fiber
It beat out a bid from SBC Communications Inc.'s Southwestern Bell subsidiary
for the contract.
The contract for telecommunications includes digital voice
service, data and commercial video services using a brand new Primary
Rate Interface (PRI) recently installed in the state government buildings.
A Cox subsidiary, Cox Oklahoma Telcom, LLC, provides regulated telephone
services in the state.
The new Cox system will process 20 percent more calls than the older analog
telephone lines, which at present handle about 65,000 calls hourly when the
legislature is not in session.
A recently upgraded Local Area Network at the complex also will allow for
file sharing and other database applications.
'Cox is proud to be the first
cable company to wire lifeline services to a state capitol
complex,' said Mollie Andrews, vice president and general manager of Cox
Business Services Oklahoma.
'As a facilities-based provider, we offer a competitive choice for reliable
telecommunications services. It's a choice that will translate into substantial
benefits for the State, and ultimately, the taxpayers of