Cox launches pilot MVNO service in three markets

US cable operator Cox Communications has launched its mobile service in three pilot markets and plans to make it available across the rest of its footprint on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

4G and 5G service is available to Cox Home Internet customers who are eligible residents of Hampton Roads, Virginia; Omaha, Nebraska; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cox Communications President Mark Greatrex said the service gives customers a “simple, flexible and reliable mobile experience wherever they go”.

A representative from Cox Communications reiterated an earlier statement to Mobile world live (MWL) that contractual obligations limit the extent to which the cable operator can discuss their MNO partner for Cox Mobile service, but noted that the service is available nationwide.

Cox Communications planned to launch a mobile service in 2021, but became embroiled in a lawsuit with T-Mobile US over network access.

A U.S. court ruling earlier this year paved the way for Cox Communications to strike an MVNO deal with Verizon, which is the same cellphone carrier that the cable companies Comcast and Charter Communications use for their wireless services.

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