Cable Operators

Cox Reaches Deal With Level 3 On Traffic Exchange

7/13/2011 9:38 AM Eastern

Cox Communications signed multiyear agreements with Level 3 Communications for high-speed IP and transport services, and the companies agreed on terms and conditions under which they will exchange IP traffic between their respective backbone networks.

Under the expanded pact, the MSO also has joined Level 3's wholesale partner program, letting Cox resell Level 3 services. Cox also will purchase additional dark fiber capacity from Level 3 to expand its backbone and support the growth of its broadband network.

Separately, Level 3 is engaged in a dispute with Comcast over interconnection fees the MSO is charging Level 3, which is one of the primary content delivery networks for Netflix.

Level 3 has been a provider to Cox for more than 10 years.

"To ensure the optimal quality of Cox services, we must regularly expand and enhance our network capacity, capabilities and reach," Cox senior vice president of technology Jay Rolls said in a statement. "The strategic relationship with Level 3 allows us to bolster our network and more effectively deliver voice, video and data products to homes and businesses."

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