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Optimum Lightpath: Host With the Most?

1:05 PM -- While Optimum Lightpath , the Ethernet-fueled business services arm of Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), certainly hopes to reap some nice returns from a new suite of hosted voice and Internet services, the move evidently will add to the coffers of both Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and BroadSoft Inc. (See Lightpath Plays VoIP Host.)

Glenn Calafati, Optimum Lighpath's director of product marketing and development, identified both vendors when discussing the launch yesterday afternoon with Cable Digital News. He said Optimum Lightpath has introduced a feature server architecture based on the Broadsoft platform, and will be using a range of IP phones from Cisco and its Linksys division.

That technology combo and new hosted offering match up with Optimum Lightpath's legacy services and "are important to rounding out our portfolio," Calafati says, noting that a hosted offering gives customers a more simplistic way to obtain those services, because it doesn't require customers to tap a separate reseller and then go to Optimum Lightpath for the bulk connectivity.

Optimum Lightpath, which targets enterprise customers (the MSO unit uses Docsis to deliver services to small- and mid-sized biz customers), unveiled the hosted system yesterday and expects to begin offering it in the coming weeks. To keep costs manageable, the Cablevision unit is offering it under a flat monthly pricing scheme that bundles in any upfront equipment costs.

"We've taken metro Ethernet delivery to the next degree with this," Calafati says of the hosted offering.

And we'll know in the coming quarters whether it will also help Optimum Lightpath to maintain its growth path, even in this economy. In the third quarter, the division raked in net revenues of $62.7 million, up 13.4 percent from the prior-year period.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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