Cox Communications today announced a private wireless “go to market” collaboration with semiconductor giant Intel and systems integrator Future Technologies.
Private networks use the same technology as commercial networks but are for the exclusive use of a single entity, such as a corporation or university.
Cox’s contribution to the private wireless initiative will be edge infrastructure, fiber assets and the company’s ability to design and manage private wireless connectivity for different industries and project sizes. Intel will provide its portfolio of platforms that link the network cloud to the edge. Future Technologies will provide “segment expertise” and systems integration.
Cox Private Networks launched last year. It provides private network platforms that use 5G, LTE and fixed wireless access.
An early deployment was a smart park pilot in Las Vegas. That project utilizes LTE and unlicensed CBRS spectrum to transmit high resolution data on park usage, vehicle volumes and facility heath.
“The combined knowledge and expertise created by this new relationship will help us solve the biggest operational challenges with end-to-end network solutions, accelerate the journey of digital transformation and provide a better experience for employees, customers and visitors,” Jeff Breaux, the executive vice president of Cox Business the company’s comprehensive commercial services division, said in a press release.
Cox of course is not the only cable company with a private wireless offering.
In January, 2021, for instance, Comcast Businesses said it would offer 5G private networks to enterprise customers. It also announced that its first customer network, which would be online during the first quarter of the year, would be the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
In August, 2021, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) said that while LTE still led in private wireless network deployments, 5G was gaining market share.