Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cox to Enter High Volume Phone Market

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cox to Enter High Volume Phone Market

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Cox Cable of Oklahoma City Inc. has entered the telephone market.

Through a new entity, Cox Fibernet, the local cable television company will provide access between local users and interstate telephone carriers.

Initial market for the new service will be high volume users of long-distance services for voice, data and video communications traffic from downtown Oklahoma City. Within a year, the company expects to have a new architecture and more than 420 miles of fiber optic cable in place to serve most of the city area, General Manager Jeff Storey said Tuesday.

The company has about 120 miles of an existing fiber network in place and will add 300 miles of cable as demand dictates, he said.

Residential customers will be allowed to purchase the service, but "it's doubtful if any residential customer will generate enough traffic to warrant this type of service," Storey said.

New electronic equipment will include what was called "a ring architecture," which has a redundancy to provide uninterrupted service.

"We can have the fiber installed to just about everywhere, but it will take some time to install the ring architecture," Storey said. "We hope to have the core business district (of downtown Oklahoma City) connection completed within 60 to 90 days. I would guess that we can have everything else installed to the rest of the city within about a year."

Some services are available on a limited basis today, Storey said. Others will be phased in over the next year.

While only four or five jobs will be added to the Cox payroll, new jobs are expected to be created as new businesses are attracted to Oklahoma City and others expand because of the service, Storey said.

"We are involved in this with Teleport Communications Group Inc. and they have told us that in other cities of this size, the network attracts new business," he said. "We hope that will happen here."

Immediate plans call for installation of the fiber network initially to major business and industrial parks, military installations and to downtown. …

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