Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath Hooks Into Metro Ethernet Exchange


Cablevision Systems' Optimum Lightpath business services division established a connection with CENX, a carrier Ethernet exchange that connects with 10 million locations worldwide, to provide the MSO's New York area customers with low latency and high bandwidth to other networks connected to the exchange.
Other providers that participate in CENX's interconnect include Verizon, Level 3 Communications, XO Communications, Covad Communications and RCN Metro.
Optimum Lightpath, which began focusing solely on Ethernet-based services in 2005, operates a network of 4,000 route miles of fiber and connects more than 4,000 lit buildings in the New York metro area.
"Our connection to CENX's New York exchange gives us the ability to quickly and easily establish Ethernet connections to high demand locations far beyond our existing footprint to the rest of the world," Optimum Lightpath president Dave Pistacchio said in a statement. "This is especially important as our customers, including those in the financial services sector, look to quickly create connections between various office locations and key hot spots around the globe. Further, CENX's expertise, service translation and monitoring empower us to pursue new business opportunities as we continue to grow our business behind industry-leading services."
Privately held CENX is based in Evanston, Ill., with offices in Somerset, N.J., Los Angeles and Ottawa, Canada.