Time Warner Cable climbs aboard DOCSIS 3.0 bandwagon
Time Warner Cable has joined the ranks of cable operators who have deployed DOCSIS 3.0-enabled data services with the launch today of a business and residential service in New York City.
Residential subscribers can sink their teeth into a 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream wideband service, which is called Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet, for $99.95 per month. By combining the channel bonding capabilities of DOCSIS 3.0 with its fiber-optic network, Time Warner Cable’s DOCSIS tier is twice as fast as the company’s speediest broadband tier.
Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest MSO, competes with Verizon in most of the boroughs of New York City. A spokesman for Time Warner Cable said additional DOCSIS 3.0 markets will be launched next year, but there was no additional information on which markets would be next.
“With substantially increased Internet speeds, Time Warner Cable continues to lead the way as the most popular broadband provider in New York City,” said Howard Szarfac, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president of the New York Region. “Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet gives all home network devices – desktops, laptops, gaming consoles and iPhones – our fastest connection yet. Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet customers can instantly multitask, and when family members are online simultaneously, everyone can get the speed they want at the same time.”
Time Warner Cable’s Business Class Wideband Internet comes in two flavors: 50 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream and 20 Mbps/2 Mbps. Business Class customers receive five static IP addresses. The 50 Mbps service is priced at $289.95, while the 20 Mbps is $199.95, with both tiers less applicable terms and bundle discounts.
“Business Class Wideband Internet provides New York City businesses with faster Internet speeds right now, allowing for more efficiency and increased productivity. Current business customers can easily incorporate this new Internet offering into their existing package,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, regional president of commercial services for Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region. “Business Class Wideband Internet is a critical component to the tailored solutions we provide to businesses, with the benefits of Time Warner Cable’s reliable network and 24/7 customer support. We offer unparalleled products and services for businesses of all sizes.”
Time Warner Cable said its Wideband Internet and Business Class Wideband Internet services are available starting today in Manhattan (below 79th Street), Staten Island and Queens (Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills and South Flushing). It will be available throughout the company’s entire New York City footprint by spring next year.
Time Warner Cable didn’t say what vendor’s cable modem termination system or cable modems it was using for its first launch, but a spokesman for the company said its DOCSIS 3.0 vendors include Cisco, Arris and SMC Networks.
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