Cox Communications launched the Ultimate Internet tier -- offering 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps up -- to residential and business customers in Connecticut, as the operator continues its DOCSIS 3.0 buildout.
The Ultimate Tier, priced at $99 per month for residential customers, provides up to 55 Mbps down with Cox's PowerBoost feature. In Connecticut, Cox competes primarily with AT&T, which offers U-verse TV Internet service (with a maximum of 24 Mbps downstream) in more than 100 communities in the state.
Cox plans to offer DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in more than two-thirds of its systems across the country by the end of 2010. The MSO has rolled out DOCSIS 3.0-based services in markets including Rhode Island; Las Vegas; Louisiana; Northern Virginia; Arizona; and Orange County, Calif. (Palos Verdes). The next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 specification provides higher-speed bandwidth by bonding multiple 6-MHz channels together.
The residential Ultimate Internet tier includes three unique IP addresses, 10 e-mail addresses and 50 hours per month of remote dial-up access.
"The technology powering Cox Ultimate Internet - DOCSIS 3.0 - is the pinnacle of internet speed and reliability," said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing, Cox Communications New England. "The advantages are significant for Connecticut residents and businesses sharing vast amounts of multimedia content every day."