Cox Begins 1-Gig Rollout in Tucson

Cox Communications said it has begun to roll out “G1GABLAST,” its 1 Gbps residential broadband service, in Tucson, Ariz., with an initial deployment set for The Place @ Presidio Trails, a new development with one- two- and three bedroom apartment homes.

Update: Cox will sell G1GABLAST in Tucson for  $119.99 per month as a standalone, and $99.99 per month when bundled with other Cox services. The offering includes a WiFi router, one terabyte of cloud storage, the Cox Security Suite and Family Protection service, and 10 email boxes (15 gigabytes of storage for each address).

Cox, which launched 1-Gig in Phoenix in 2014, said G1GABLAST is now live in parts of ten states, and that it’s on track to offer gigabit broadband in all markets by the end of 2016. Cox has also deployed G1GABLAST in parts of Oklahoma; Rhode Island; Las Vegas; Omaha; San Diego; Orange County; Baton Rouge; Hampton Roads, Va.; Northwest Arkansas; Wichita;  and Tulsa.

In the early going, Cox is using FTTP to deliver residential 1-Gig in select areas, but will also deliver those faster speeds on its more widely deployed HFC network using DOCSIS 3.1 technology.

 “We are excited to deliver the choice of gigabit speeds to our customers,” said Cox Communications president Pat Esser, in a statement. “Coupled with our 250 employees in southern Arizona and more than 24,000 nationwide, our latest investments and the deployment of the fastest speeds available are powering economic growth and development for businesses and residents of the communities we serve.”