Cablevision's Telco Body Blow
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Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is already attacking enterprise-level business services deals via Optimum Lightpath and that division's Carrier Ethernet platform. The MSO has historically gone after small business users with its Docsis/PacketCable platform.
Now it's getting ready to take a stab at the middle ground by offering biz customers the option to select up to 24 lines of VoIP, double what the MSO was previously offering using its PacketCable platform. Cablevision, which is hitting the new VoIP line figure by linking two embedded multimedia terminal adapters (EMTAs), says the new offering will allow it to market services to businesses with as many as 100 employees. (See Cablevision Expands to 24-Voice Line.)
Taking a not-so-veiled swipe at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Cablevision says this is a group that "has historically been underserved by legacy phone companies." Ouch. (See Cablevision Expands to 24-Voice Line.)
We're told that Subaru Stamford is one of the first businesses to take advantage of the MSO's beefier biz platform. (See Cablevision Debuts 101-Mbit/s Wideband Service.)
Cablevision has also tailored its mid-range biz service portfolio to include the company's new, Docsis 3.0-powered, 101 Mbit/s (downstream/shared) Internet service. (See Cablevision Debuts 101-Mbit/s Wideband Service.)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News