With the introduction of its new DOCSIS 3.0-enabled 101 Mbps data service, Cablevision has just taken the lead in the race for the fastest speed in North America.
Cablevision said today that its DOCSIS 3.0 tier, which is called Optimum Online Ultra, will be available across the company’s entire New York metropolitan footprint on May 11.
While Japanese cable operators have been offering 160 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 speeds for over a year, the fastest speed to date in North America was Shaw Communications’ 100 Mbps offering, which was initially launched in February (story here).
Comcast has been rolling out its DOCSIS 3.0 tier with a top download speed of 50 Mbps and an upstream speed of 10 Mbps for $139.95 per month. Cablevision’s Optimum Online Ultra has an upstream speed of 15 Mbps and costs $99.95 per month.
While Comcast has decided to launch DOCSIS 3.0 on a market-by-market basis, Cablevision is the first major North American cable operator to deploy the faster speed across its entire footprint. Cablevision, the nation’s fifth-largest cable operator, faces more direct competition from Verizon than most large MSOs.
A spokesman for Cablevision said the company is using cable modems and cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) from Cisco for its 101 Mbps service.
Cablevision also announced today that it is doubling the downstream speed of its Optimum Wi-Fi wireless Internet service, to up to 3.0 Mbps, which it said was significantly faster than cell phone data plans.
Earlier this month, Cablevision announced that its Optimum Online customers had already used Optimum Wi-Fi to access the Internet wirelessly more than a million times. Cablevision subscribers can use the Optimum Wi-Fi service for free in the various hotspots where it has been deployed (story here).
“Optimum Online Ultra firmly solidifies Optimum as the fastest Internet service in the home, at work and through the air over Optimum Wi-Fi,” said Tom Rutledge, Cablevision’s chief operating officer. “This is a perfect complement to our existing high-speed data products, which are fast, reliable and far superior to anything available from our competitors.”
Cablevision’s Optimum Online has achieved a broadband market share in the company’s service area of more than 75 percent and, according to Cablevision, is the most highly penetrated high-speed Internet service in the country, used by more than 52 percent of the homes passed by Cablevision’s fiber-optic network.
Cablevision’s Optimum Online Ultra has many of the same features as the company’s Optimum Online Boost premium tier, including:
- Up to 15 e-mail addresses, with 1 gigabyte of storage per address, for a total of 15 gigabytes of storage, and the ability to send extremely large attachments in excess of 20 megabytes.
- Web hosting capabilities, with easy-to-use site-builder tools that enable customers to create and maintain their own personal or commercial Web sites, and 12 gigabytes of hosted space.
- Advanced configurations including DDNS, Port 25 and Port 80.