Cablevision set to launch regional wireless Internet service

Cablevision announced that it is rolling out a wireless broadband network in the East Coast, specifically  in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and on Long Island. The company has already spent $20 million (out of the estimated $300 million) on the network. Cablevision’s plan for Long Island certainly puts a damper on the county-wide wireless network that E-Path Communications is trying to deploy (without success so far). Cablevision says that it will be offering voice and video services as well.

Cablevision wants to take customers away from mobile operators such as Verizon Wireless, by offering them bundled services: if you are already a Cablevision customer, for a few more dollars a month, you get wireless voice and data service wherever Cablevision operates. If they do it right, Cablevision customers could experience much faster speeds on Cablevision’s wireless network that on Verizon’s cellular network. This will make a huge difference for users of the iPhone and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. For example, if I am in New York City with an iPhone, downloading email, looking at Google maps and web pages, perhaps even videos on YouTube, I’d much rather be on a fast Wi-Fi network than on a (slower) 3G network. One has to assume however that Cablevision’s Wi-Fi service will be faster and just as ubiquitous as Verizon’s — at least in the areas where people will access the Internet. As we have seen with various citywide Wi-Fi networks, it’s not that easy to deliver fast, reliable wireless broadband service.

Cable companies are well-positioned to roll out very large wireless broadband networks because they already own much of the backhaul and have an existing customer base, but they still need to figure out the “wireless” part which means having staff that know how to deploy wireless networks. The cable companies’ other advantage over telecom operators is that they already have the rights to deliver content (TV shows, films) and one assumes that their agreement with the film and television companies, includes the right to deliver content to customers’ mobile devices (laptops, Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones).

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Cablevision rolls out Wi-Fi network on the East Coast

Comments

  1. Actually, the service is offered at no additional cost. It is complimentary, and only available to cablevision customers. It is also being built out throughout the MSO’s footprint, which covers Long Island, parts of Connecticut, New Jersey, and the northern New York City suburbs. Most notably, Cablevision’s territory does not include Manhattan, which is a key hole that needs to be filled for them in order for the service to be of proper value to their customers.

  2. Uttervoid says:

    RE; Craig P. Who said a majority of cablevisions customers even visit Manhattan? NYC, NY is not required but they could piggy back off of lightpaths intelligent network to offer wireless services if they really needed to.