In little more than a year, Cablevision has done something truly extraordinary. Through the deployment of Optimum WiFi, we have made fast and free wireless Internet access available to our customers across our service area, in the places where they are most likely to use it, at a time when demands for data on wireless devices are exploding
Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) October 28, 2009
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that it has successfully completed its deployment of Optimum WiFi in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and New Jersey. These activations, following previous deployments, give the company's 2.5 million Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers free wireless Internet access in places where they shop, dine, commute and meet. The newly activated areas include: The Bronx and Brooklyn in New York City and Hoboken, Paterson, Newark, Elizabeth, Weehawken, Union City, and Bayonne in New Jersey.
The nation's largest and most advanced WiFi network in the country by geographic coverage, Optimum WiFi spans many thousands of access points across the company's New York, New Jersey and Connecticut service areas. Optimum WiFi is also broadly available on hundreds of commuter rail platforms and station parking lots across New Jersey Transit, Metro North, and the Long Island Railroad. Earlier this week, Cablevision also announced a large-scale indoor deployment of Optimum WiFi in New York City's Madison Square Garden complex.
"In little more than a year, Cablevision has done something truly extraordinary. Through the deployment of Optimum WiFi, we have made fast and free wireless Internet access available to our customers across our service area, in the places where they are most likely to use it, at a time when demands for data on wireless devices are exploding," said Kevin Curran, Cablevision's senior vice president of wireless product development. "The value and convenience we are delivering today through Optimum WiFi is exceeded only by the potential of the network to transform how our customers interact with all of our digital services in the future."
Since its launch in September of 2008, Optimum Online customers have accessed the Internet more than five million times for free over Optimum WiFi, and are averaging more than two million minutes online every day over the network, which delivers speeds of up to 3.0 Mbps downstream. Additional information and detailed coverage maps are available at http://www.optimumwifi.com.
Current Optimum Online customers can access Optimum WiFi using laptop computers and portable WiFi-enabled devices like the iPhone™, iPod® touch and BlackBerry smartphones. Consumer electronic manufacturers have embraced WiFi technology, with more than 5,000 different types of devices currently available in the marketplace that are certified to operate over WiFi. At a recent developers conference, Apple® reported that it has sold more than 40 million WiFi-enabled iPhones and iPods thus far. Some BlackBerry smartphones such as the Curve, Bold, and Pearl can operate over WiFi with cellular service providers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Verizon Wireless currently blocks WiFi on most of its customers' smartphones, making it impossible for these customers to take advantage of the speed and convenience of broadly available WiFi.
Optimum Online customers using devices that are enabled with WiFi - the same wireless Internet standard more than half of Cablevision's Optimum Online customers use at home through wireless broadband routers - can access Optimum WiFi through a simple sign-on screen, where the customer logs in by entering their Optimum User ID and password.
BROOKLYN WIFI LOCATIONS
East New York
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
BRONX WIFI LOCATIONS
NEWLY ACTIVATED NEW JERSEY WIFI LOCATIONS
West New York
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.
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