Cablevision Whips Up More Wi-Fi

Operator Has Deployed More Than 100,000 Hotspots in the Tri-State Area

Cablevision Systems’ Wi-Fi network has reached six digits as the operator announced that its deployment has expanded to 100,000 indoor and outdoor hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

That’s up from about 80,000 hotspots deployed in April, and from 35,000 as of last June. Cablevision got its Wi-Fi strategy off the ground in the fall of 2008. Ericsson and Cisco Systems are among the operator’s known suppliers of Wi-Fi gear.

Cablevision’s cable modem subs can login and access those hotspots for free via the “OptimumWiFi” SSID. Those hotspots also broadcast a “CableWiFi” SSID, accessible to consumers who get broadband service from other members that currently makeup the industry’s Wi-Fi roaming alliance: Comcast, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable.

Factoring in Cablevision’s latest expansion, those CableWiFi partners have deployed more than 170,000 hotspots.

Earlier this summer, Cablevision announced an agreement with TWC and New York City to install public Wi-Fi in 32 parks across the five boroughs.  In June, the NJ Transit board and Cablevision announced a 20-year pact in which the operator will provide Wi-Fi access at stations and onboard trains. That project is expected to be “substantially complete” by the end of 2016.

“More than one million of our broadband customers are using Optimum WiFi, providing them with the maximum connectivity that today’s digital lifestyle demands,” said Gemma Toner, Cablevision’s senior vice president of broadband product management, in a statement. “Not only is Optimum WiFi incredibly fast and reliable, but our customers can connect their mobile devices to our hotspots when they are out and about to avoid the significant overage fees that are common to so many cellular data plans.”