Cox Gives Broadband A Boost In San Diego

MSO Doubles Downstreams Of Its Two Most Popular Tiers

San Diego is the latest Cox Communications market to receive an upgrade that doubles the downstream speeds of its two most popular tiers.

The upgrades boost the speed of Cox’s “Preferred” offering from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps, while “Premier” jumps from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. More than 70% of Cox’s residential broadband customers are on one of those two speed tiers.

Also getting a lift via the free upgrade is Cox’s “Ultimate” offering, rising from 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps.

Cox is expected to complete the speed upgrade in all markets by the end of the year, and perhaps as early as the end of this month, according to a recently leaked deployment schedule. Cox markets that have already been upgraded include Omaha, Neb.; Roanoke, Va. ; Sun Valley, Idaho; Connecticut; Kansas; Arkansas; Arizona; and Las Vegas, among others.

Cox is also begun to deploy a new 1-Gig residential service under the “G1GABLAST” brand, announcing last week that it had signed up its first Phoenix-area customer for the new offering. In April, Cox announced that it would launch residential 1-Gig service initially to parts of Phoenix, follow with deployments in Las Vegas and Omaha, and begin market-wide deployment of gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

Cox’s San Diego speed upgrade apparently also shows that the “Cable WiFi” roaming consortium has deployed more than 300,000 hotspots, about 50,000 more than the most recently referenced stated total from the group, which is currently comprised of Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision Systems and Bright House Networks.  Cox noted that customers on its Preferred or higher broadband packages have free access to those 300,000 hotspots.