Time Warner Cable launches D3 in Cincinnati

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 7:50am
Mike Robuck

Time Warner Cable’s DOCSIS 3.0 service has touched down in Cincinnati, marking the second deployment of the faster wideband tiers since the initial launch in New York City in September.

Time Warner Cable Business Class launched its Business Class Wideband Internet on Tuesday. The speeds are the same as in New York, with the fastest being up to 50 Mbps on the downstream and 5 Mbps on the upstream, with another tier at 20 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. Time Warner Cable Business Class competes against various tiers offered by Cincinnati Bell in the area.

In Cincinnati, the 50 Mbps service is priced at $349.95 per month, while the 20 Mbps is $309.95. In New York City, the 50 Mbps service is priced at $289.95, while the 20 Mbps is $199.95.

While the New York City market launched with both residential and business DOCSIS 3.0 services, the faster speeds are currently available to just businesses in Cincinnati.

“Wideband Internet features our fastest speeds yet and is easily adapted to a customer’s current service in just days,” said John E. Bell, Time Warner Cable Business Services’ Midwest president. “The benefits of wideband include lightning-fast upload and download speeds, real-time streaming of news and information, and the ability to maximize business applications, including Web conferencing.

“With today’s announcement of this revolutionary technology, Time Warner Cable Business Services reinforces its position as an area leader in innovative telecommunications, data and entertainment solutions.”

A spokesman for Time Warner Cable said more DOCSIS 3.0 deployments would be announced over the coming months. Time Warner Cable didn’t say what DOCSIS 3.0 gear it’s using in Cincinnati, but its list of D3 vendors includes Cisco, Arris and SMC Networks.

Yesterday, Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator, announced that it recently reached 9 million residential high-speed data subscribers. Time Warner Cable ended last year as the third-largest ISP in the nation in terms of the total number of residential and commercial broadband subscribers. Currently, more than 62 percent of Time Warner Cable’s customers subscribe to its residential high-speed data service.

“This is a great milestone for Time Warner Cable, and it further proves that our customers enjoy the speed and content our HSD products deliver, as well as the value seen when bundling this service with our video and phone offerings,” said Landel Hobbs, COO of Time Warner Cable. “High-speed data continues to be a growing part of our business, and we look to keep adding new features and further enhance speeds as we move through 2010.”

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