Cox and Verizon Join Multimedia over Coax Alliance
–New members augment already strong presence of Tier 1 Cable and Satellite service providers –
SAN RAMON, CA – August 9, 2005- Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCA), today announced the addition of Cox, Inc. and Verizon as new members. The two service providers will join MoCA’s Board of Directors.
The addition of Verizon and Cox builds on MoCA’s momentum with digital entertainment and broadband service providers. MoCA now stands alone as the only home networking alliance to include Tier 1 members from each of the key digital entertainment service providers – cable, satellite, and telecom, as well as leading networking equipment and consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers. This across-the-board recognition affirms the broad support of MoCA as the leading technology for the backbone of the home digital entertainment network.
“In the home, technologies such as MoCA can complement the highly advanced Fios data, video and voice services offered by Verizon’s all-fiber network,” said Brian Whitton, executive director in Verizon’s Network Technology organization. “Verizon looks forward to working with MoCA to ensure that emerging premises technologies will meet the needs of our customers today, as well as in the future.”
“We’re pleased to bring our insight and experience as a top tier broadband multiservice communications company to the MoCA Board of Directors”, said John Hildebrand, Vice President of Multimedia Technology of Cox. “MoCA will give our customers more options to enjoy digital entertainment wherever and whenever they like in their home. Service providers can take advantage of MoCA technology to provide more services, and increase the value of their offerings.”
By tapping into the unused bandwidth available on coaxial cables installed within homes, MoCA’s technology delivers HD and DVD quality digital entertainment and high-speed data throughout the home without glitches or freezes. MoCA recently completed large-scale field trials that showed that its technology consistently delivered at least 100 Mbps of usable throughput under real-world conditions throughout the home.
MoCA welcomes Cox and Verizon, said MoCA President Ladd Wardani. ” The addition of these industry leaders further enhances MoCA’s ability to realize a common industry approach to entertainment any time and anywhere in the home – whether the consumer is served by satellite, cable, or telecommunications service providers. We are the only home networking alliance with representatives from the top tier of satellite, cable, and telecommunications companies on our Board of Directors, which puts us in a unique position to serve the interests of the industry and the consumer.”
MoCA was founded in 2004 by Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), EchoStar (NASDAQ: DISH), Entropic Communications, Linksys, a division of Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), Motorola (NYSE: MOT), Panasonic (NYSE: MC), Radio Shack (NYSE: RSH), and Toshiba.
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance was formed to provide the solution for home networking digital entertainment without compromise. The mission of the alliance is to develop industry specifications and interoperability certification for delivering high bandwidth digital content over in-home coaxial cables. For more information on MoCA and for information on how to become an associate member, please see www.mocalliance.org.
About Cox Communications (www.cox.com)
Cox Communications Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is a multi-service broadband communications company with approximately 6.7 million total customers, including approximately 6.3 million basic cable subscribers. The nation’s third-largest cable television provider, Cox offers analog cable television under the Cox Cable brand as well as digital video service under the Cox Digital Cable brand, featuring advanced services including digital video recording, high-definition television and video-on-demand. Cox provides an array of other communications services including local and long-distance telephone under the Cox Digital Telephone brand, high-speed Internet service under the Cox High Speed Internet brand, and home networking. Commercial voice and data services are offered via Cox Business Services. Local cable advertising, promotional opportunities and production services are sold under the Cox Media brand. Cox is an investor in programming services including Discovery Communications Inc. Cox Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc.
With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 214,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom provides customers based in 28 states with wireline and other telecommunications services, including broadband. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation’s most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and
provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.