Sprint’s settlement with Cox Communications in a patent lawsuit delivered a deal that will help the Overland Park, Kansas-based carrier build out its wireless network by gaining access to the cable provider’s broadband infrastructure.
Sprint’s “multiyear agreement” with Cox will build on a model it created in the fall with Altice USA. Cox is the third-largest U.S. cable company, with connections to 6 million homes in 18 states. Sprint stated that the agreement was part of the settlement.
“In the context of the Altice deal, we have proven that these strategic partnerships are technically feasible and mutually beneficial,” a Sprint spokeswoman wrote in an email. “As content and connectivity continue to converge, we believe this approach will continue to be a model for future strategic arrangements across multiple industries – cable, tech and others.”
In November, soon after ending merger talks with T-Mobile US Inc., Sprint announced a deal with Altice in which each company would give the other access to their respective networks. It’s not clear whether Cox also will be able to offer a wireless service through Sprint’s network, but a Thursday news release stated that the agreement would strengthen business ties between the two companies.