Cox Makes Long-Distance VoIP Move


Cox Communications Inc. signed deals with Nortel Networks and Nuera
Communications Inc. to supply voice-over-Internet-protocol gear to help the MSO
traffic some long-distance telephone calls on its IP network.

"Nortel Networks' `Succession' cable VoIP solution will enable Cox
Communications to transport some of our residential long-distance phone calls
over our IP backbone," said Jay Rolls, vice president of telephone and data
engineering at Cox, which will help the MSO to save millions of dollars each

Cox said 750,000 customers make and receive more than 24 million calls each

The MSO uses Nortel's "DMS" circuit switches for its residential phone
service, and it is deploying Nortel's "Succession Communication Server 2000"
superclass soft switch.

Neura is supplying Cox with its "Orca GX-21" and "GX-8" carrier-class VoIP
media gateways.

In its most complete form, a Cox subscriber in San Diego calling a Cox
subscriber in Rhode Island would never leave the Cox-owned or leased network
using the Nortel and Nuera equipment.