Cox Communications says it has successfully completed testing of voice calling and high definition video streaming over wireless networks using 4G LTE technology.
Cox’s 4G technology and service trials use the AWS and 700 MHz spectrum that it acquired at FCC auctions in 2006 and 2008. The company spent more than $550 million for radio spectrum licenses to support its wireless plans, which include wireless broadband.
Cox conducted the 4G trials in Phoenix and San Diego and chose these markets for the advanced-technology orientation of its residential and business customers, as well as the terrain and suburban density variances of their geographies.
While Cox is testing 4G LTE technology in these markets, it is initially deploying wireless services using the 3G CDMA standard in Hampton Roads, Va., Orange County, Calif. and Omaha, Neb.
“On the heels of announcing our initial 3G wireless service deployments, today’s news demonstrates our equal commitment to 4G services,” said Stephen Bye, Cox’s vice president of wireless. “Through the LTE trials, we are utilizing the AWS and 700 MHz spectrum to test voice, data and video applications and services and ultimately readying to deploy 4G wireless broadband services to meet the needs of our customers. We are encouraged by the success of the Phoenix and San Diego tests, which further validate our decision to pursue 4G based on LTE, specifically the 3GPP Release 8 standard.”