Cablevision Deploys More Hotspots for Commuters
September 04, 2008
Cablevision announced today that its broadband customers will now get free access to Wi-Fi hotspots in high-traffic areas and commuter-centric locations across Long Island and other NY and CT locations.
Cablevision Systems today announced completion of the initial phase of its Optimum Wi-Fi deployment. Optimum Wi-Fi offers free and unlimited wireless Internet access to Cablevision's Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers.
This spring, Cablevision announced plans to deploy Wi-Fi in the commercial and high-consumer traffic areas across its tri-state service area. The deployment is expected to take two years and will use equipment from BelAir Networks and Cisco Systems.
Todays announcement indicates that the first phase of the deployment has been completed. Certain high-traffic areas of Nassau County and Suffolk County, as well as the commuter rail platforms and station parking lots across all of Long Island now offer Cablevision-supported Wi-Fi at no extra charge to existing customers.
"One of the keys to Cablevision's continued growth and success is ensuring that we are delivering the best and most technologically advanced services to our customers," said Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's chief operating officer in a press release today. "We believe free and broadly available Wi-Fi access will become an important and popular enhancement for our Optimum Online customers. Just a few months into our Optimum Wi-Fi deployment, we have already built and activated the nation's largest and most advanced consumer Wi-Fi network, which will continue to grow and expand, ultimately allowing Optimum customers to bring the superior Internet experience they enjoy at home with them across our entire service area."
Cablevisions subscribers can access the ever expanding number of Wi-Fi hotspots through a sign-on screen where they must enter a user ID and password.
"Wi-Fi has become the most common form of wireless broadband connectivity in the consumer and mobile worker marketplace in the U.S., especially in major markets like the New York metropolitan area," said Yankee Group's Chief Strategy Officer Berge Ayvazian in a Cablevision press release today. "Most of Cablevision's subscribers already have at least one Wi-Fi-[enabled] laptop or desktop computer, and a rapidly increasing percentage of mobile smartphones have Wi-Fi connectivity, including all Apple iPhones and many RIM BlackBerries. The latest frontier is Wi-Fi connectivity for cameras, media players, and printers. By mid-2009, we will start seeing a new category of 'mobile Internet devices' all of which will be Wi-Fi-[enabled]."
Cablevision currently has roughly 2.4 million high-speed Internet subscribers who would be eligible to use the Wi-Fi service. According to Cablevision, more than half of its customers are already using Wi-Fi at home.
Tutorials and detailed coverage maps are available at www.optimumwifi.com.
- For more on deployments aimed at commuters, read Stockholm Tests WiMAX for Commuters, Boston Commuters to Get Free Wi-Fi, and Is In-Vehicle Wi-Fi a Boon For Commuters?
- For more on Cablevision, read DirectTV, EchoStar Tab Clearwire For Wireless Web, Cable VoIP Use Soars, Cisco Slips on Revenue Miss.
- For more on deployments covering large metropolitan areas, read OKC Gets Muni Wi-Fi Right, Meraki Masters Mini Muni, and Stephouse Proves Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
- For more on BelAir, read "Carpe Diem: BelAir Seizes New Opportunities in Muni Wi-Fi," "BelAir Embraces Multiple Radios," and "BelAir: Meshing Quite Nicely."