Cox drops 3G infrastructure for Sprint's CDMA network

Cox drops 3G infrastructure for Sprint's CDMA network

Summary: In a surprise twist, Cox Communications will be dropping its current 3G network infrastructure in favor of Sprint's CMDA wireless service.

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In a surprise twist, Cox Communications will be dropping its current 3G network infrastructure in favor of Sprint's CMDA wireless service.

According to Fierce Wireless, Cox is disbanding its 3G network, originally supplied by Huawei, even though the communications company has already plugged $550 million into the projects in the last few years. Additionally, Cox had already started testing LTE coverage.

Cox representatives didn't say exactly when its existing 3G network would be taken down, but it has already commenced spreading coverage with Sprint's network in a few states this month.

Also not clear is why Cox is quitting its 3G program. It's possible that it just couldn't compete in smaller markets or expand to larger ones with its wireless program. Thus, it would be more financially sound just to partner up with an existing successful mobile provider and buy airtime from Sprint.

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  • RE: Cox drops 3G infrastructure for Sprint's CDMA network

    If Cox was already testing LTE, and they scrapped it all for CMDA, what's that say about Sprint's "Project:Leapfrog" that is supposed to migrate Sprint's network to LTE? Seems like the timing is off. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Cox to switch to CMDA, only to switch again to LTE in 3 or 4 months. They must know Sprint LTE is nowhere on the horizon. Or ??
    csteinola