TW Cable Whips Up More Wi-Fi in L.A.

MSO Sprouts 12,000 Hotspots in La-La-Land

Time Warner Cable said its multimillion Wi-Fi network in Los Angeles has grown to 12,000 hotspots, noting that wireless broadband coverage now extends to cover more than 300 miles of Southern California turf, including some areas that are near the surf.

TWC is offering access to those hotspots for free to its cable modem subscribers as well as to customers who get broadband from four other “CableWi” MSO partners: Comcast, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications and Cablevision Systems. Those MSOs announced Monday that their combined Wi-Fi footprint is now comprised of more than 150,000 hotspots.

TWC announced its Wi-Fi plan for California in September 2012, earmarking about $15 million at the time to get it off the ground. TWC is using Ruckus Wireless and Ericsson hotspots for its L.A. buildout. Areas covered by the MSO’s wireless network in that region include the Nixon Library-Yorba Linda; Hollywood Casting & Film; Brea downtown; Santa Monica/West Los Angeles; San Fernando Valley; and Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.

California is currently Time Warner Cable’s largest Wi-Fi deployment. The MSO is also building out Wi-Fi in New York City; Hawaii; Charlotte, N.C.; as well as Austin and Kansas City – markets where TWC is or will be grappling with Google Fiber. A TWC spokesman said the MSO has deployed more than 15,000 hotspots so far.

“WiFi deployment continues to be a top initiative for Time Warner Cable," said Mike Roudi, SVP of Corporate Development for Time Warner Cable, in a statement. "We know that being connected to the Internet wherever you are is a hugely important feature, so we'll continue to invest to bring WiFi to areas where our customers live, work and play. It's like taking your home Internet service with you."