albreznick 10/31/2013 | 8:45:27 PM
Re: What were they waiting for? Interesting, Craig. Thanks for that insightful note. I hope TWC is paying attention to what Cablevision is doing. Sounds like they struck a good balance there. BTW, do you know about our upcoming Future of Cable Business Services conference in NYC on Dec. 4. You'd probably get a lot of that and might even want to participate as a speaker.    
CraigPlunkett 10/30/2013 | 7:31:34 PM
Re: What were they waiting for? That's an interesting question Alan.  I am a Sales Engineer for Meru Networks and we have a demo network at a Coworking space in Manhattan called New Work City.  The device to person ratio is 2.5 to 1, and increasing.  We're peaking at about 110 simultaneous devices in the space, and they are maxing out the 5 Meg upstream that's available on the DOCSIS product.  50 Megs of download is fine for the usage characteristics of this population.

The space sits in the shadow of 32 Avenue of the Americas, the famous carrier hotel one block away.  For a small business like the coworking space, the cost to graduate to the 50/50 fiber offering from TWC is just too high.  Towerstream and others could provide similar connectivity, but the MRC is the same as TWC's fiber product.

The real question is how high should TWC business class raise its upstream speeds on the DOCSIS product without starting to cannibalize Metro E fiber sales. Cablevision recently introduced a 50/25 tier on its plant, which looks like a good fit for an SMB.  That seems like a good balance between their Optimum Business product and their Lightpath Metro E division.

albreznick 10/30/2013 | 2:48:57 PM
Re: What were they waiting for? Interesting point, Craig. So how high do you think TW Cable needs to boost the upstream speeds to compete with FiOS for SMBs? Do they need to go as high as 50 Mbit/s?
CraigPlunkett 10/29/2013 | 9:29:59 PM
Re: What were they waiting for? They can't wait, they're getting their butts kicked by VZ's FiOS in NYC.  Upstream speed boosts will be key to win back SMB customers.
albreznick 10/29/2013 | 6:06:20 PM
Re: What were they waiting for? Yep, TW Cable has been slow on the uptake here. Not sure why. Maybe they just didn't want to get caught yp in the speed marketing wars. Their plant certainly must have been ready. 
DOShea 10/29/2013 | 5:27:56 PM
What were they waiting for? In the grand tradition of telcos, maybe TWC thought they shouldn't do something for their customers unless a competitor does it first--maybe they were waiting for Google to go nationwide. Good to see they gave up on that notion.