Optimum Lightpath Expands Managed Services Portfolio To Include WiFi

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Optimum Lightpath Managed WiFi offers complete design, implementation and management of private, in-building wireless data networks for mid-market and large organizations

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“Providing reliable and secure in-building wireless network access is a major priority for a broad range of our customers,” said Julia McGrath, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Optimum Lightpath.

Optimum Lightpath®, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that it is expanding its managed services product portfolio to include a managed WiFi offering. Optimum Lightpath Managed WiFi provides mid-market and large organizations with end-to-end and fully-managed in-building wireless data networks. The service requires no upfront costs and is based on flat-rate pricing to make budgeting easy.

New York metro area businesses increasingly face challenges as they aim to provide in-building wireless network support for employees and guest users. A wide range of wireless devices are being brought into the office, unauthorized and insecure wireless routers are being connected to local networks and many organizations are relying on outdated wireless networks. This is causing frustration, headaches for IT departments and a poor user experience due to connectivity, speed and reliability issues.

Optimum Lightpath Managed WiFi improves and simplifies business processes by removing capital expenditure requirements typically associated with a robust WiFi network. It also relieves network staffing and support burdens by providing the design and creation of a private, in-building wireless network that meets a broad range of needs. The result is a cost-effective, reliable and secure solution that helps schools, government entities, hospitals and businesses immediately take advantage of the power of wireless.

“Optimum Lightpath collaborates closely with its customers when designing new products, seeking input on features, pricing, support and more,” said Julia McGrath, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Optimum Lightpath. “Optimum Lightpath Managed WiFi fully reflects the voice of the customer, enabling us to bring a managed wireless data network product to market that we know will meet our customers’ needs today and in the future.”

A Powerful WiFi Solution, Made Easy

Optimum Lightpath Managed WiFi is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that is sold in flexible packages to meet a range of customer needs. Optimum Lightpath has partnered with information technology solutions provider Presidio to offer the product, which includes:

  •     Hardware. All access points, switches and controllers are provided and installed;
  •     Multiple SSIDs. Enables creation of multiple secure and separate wireless LAN identities to offer varying degrees of network access depending on who is logging into the network (e.g. employees vs. visitors, teachers vs. students, doctors vs. patients, etc.);
  •     Management and maintenance. All equipment is maintained and proactively monitored, with updates installed, as necessary; and
  •     Customer portal. An intuitive, Web-based administrative tool that allows customers to view statistics and alerts.

“Providing reliable and secure in-building wireless network access is a major priority for a broad range of our customers,” said McGrath. “With Managed WiFi, we are removing the cost and management barriers that have prevented many businesses from deploying a state of the art wireless data network, helping New York metro area organizations advance.”

Optimum Lightpath Managed WiFi is part of Optimum Lightpath’s managed product portfolio, which also includes Conference Bundle, Managed Video Service and Next-Generation Hosted Voice. For more information about Optimum Lightpath, please visit http://www.optimumlightpath.com.

About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Network is a highly reliable, resilient, and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 5,000 route miles connecting more than 5,500 fiber-lit locations. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 14 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership, most recently being named the 2011 North American Regional Service Provider of the Year by MEF. For more information, visit http://www.optimumlightpath.com.

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