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Cox Cable Wins MVNO Suit vs T-Mobile

COX = NWIDACox Cable was ready to launch their MVNO, in 3 markets, based on an agreement with Verizon in October of last year, but T-Mobile sued, saying Cox was obligated to use T-Mobile based on its history with Sprint.

A Delaware Court ruled in T-Mobile’s favor, which of course, Cox appealed.

Recently, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the earlier decision and remanded the case back to the lower court to determine whether Cox and T-Mobile “have discharged their obligations to negotiate in good faith.”

Fierce Wireless reached out to Cox:

Currently, there’s no update from Cox on what it plans to do. “We believe the market is becoming more attractive for us to enter the wireless space and we are exploring it more aggressively now but have not announced any specific plans,” .

Earlier, Cox had started MVNO discussions with Sprint.  When T-Mobile purchased Sprint, Cox decided to partner with Verizon. T-Mobile then accused Cox of breaching the Sprint agreement.  

According to the court filing, Cox requested an RFP in 2020 seeking an exclusive mobile network partner. Both Verizon and T-Mobile made offers but T-Mobile’s terms were significantly more expensive. Cox estimated its offer from T-Mobile was “$90 million more expensive than Verizon’s,” the court said. (T-Mobile stated the difference was more like $23.8 million.)

Cox is the fourth-largest U.S. cable operator and serves around 6.5 million customers across 18 states.

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