Cablevision's Optimum Wi-Fi Arrives in New Jersey
Fast Wireless Internet Access Now Available To Optimum Online Customers In Commercial And High-Traffic Areas Of Bergen And Passaic Counties, As Deployment Continues
Nation’s Largest And Most Advanced Consumer WiFi Network Includes Access On Most NJ Transit Train Platforms And Station Parking Lots Across Northern and Central New Jersey
BETHPAGE, NY, March 3, 2009 – Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that it has successfully deployed Optimum WiFi wireless Internet access in outdoor commercial and high-traffic areas in Northern and Central New Jersey, as a free enhancement for its Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers.
The newly activated Optimum WiFi community zones – which are focused on the places where people shop, dine, commute and meet – cover most of Cablevision’s service area in Bergen and Passaic counties, and parts of Essex, Morris, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset counties, as deployment continues. The service is also available at many Northern and Central New Jersey Transit train station platforms and parking lots, including Elizabeth, Metuchen, Edison, and Aberdeen-Matawan.
Already the nation’s largest and most advanced WiFi network, based on geographic coverage, Optimum WiFi usage has increased by 50 percent each month since the service became broadly available last fall across Cablevision’s Long Island, Connecticut and Westchester/Dutchess service area. Over the next year, Cablevision plans to deploy WiFi across its entire tri-state service area.
“We are pleased to announce the introduction of Optimum WiFi in New Jersey, which is a significant milestone in our ongoing deployment and will make fast and reliable wireless Internet access available to Optimum Online customers in the Garden State,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision’s senior vice president of wireless product development. “Thousands of new customers are discovering Optimum WiFi every week, doing things like updating Facebook pages, uploading photos, or just checking e-mail. This popular and free product enhancement is yet another advantage of being an Optimum Online customer.”
Cablevision has partnered with Comcast on a trial to expand Cablevision customers’ access to Optimum WiFi in New Jersey at many commuter rail stations in Comcast’s service area including: Metropark, Maplewood, Westfield, Linden, and Middletown. This partnership gives Cablevision and Comcast customers the ability to access their company’s respective WiFi network at any of the New Jersey train stations that have been activated for service by either company.
In conjunction with this most recent deployment, Cablevision has launched a new version of its consumer Web site, www.optimumwifi.com, to provide customers with information on Optimum WiFi, and WiFi service in general, including tutorials and detailed coverage maps. The new website has been enhanced to give customers an even more user-friendly experience, the ability to refer a friend to Optimum WiFi, and access to more important information than ever before.
Optimum Online customers using laptop computers and portable WiFi-enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and some BlackBerry models can access Optimum WiFi through a simple sign-on screen. Currently, there are more than 5,000 different types of devices on the market that are certified to operate over WiFi. An estimated 300 million WiFi-enabled consumer electronic devices shipped last year – a figure that is expected to grow to 1 billion by 2012.
Once a customer logs into the service by entering their Optimum User ID and password, the network delivers fast symmetrical speeds of up to 1.5 megabits-per-second. Optimum WiFi uses the same standard used in wireless home networks, 802.11, and any device that is certified by the WiFi Alliance as adhering to the 802.11 standards and has a web browser will be able to access the Optimum WiFi network.
Cablevision currently provides Optimum Online high-speed Internet service to more than 2.4 million customers, 52 percent of the homes passed by Cablevision’s fiber optic network, the highest penetration of any Internet service in the nation. Optimum Online customers are already familiar with the benefits of wireless access, with more than half using wireless routers in the home.