It’s been a great week for Big Cable, but it looks like the East Coast’s Cablevision’s decided to play things a little differently than Comcast and Time Warner.
Cablevision on Tuesday claimed the title of the fastest cable Internet provider in the US by launching Optimum Online Ultra. By using the newer multi-channel DOCSIS 3.0 standard, the carrier promises a peak of 101Mbps downstream and a still-fast 15Mbps upstream. The service is theoretically twice as fast as Comcast’s 50Mbps service and won’t have a bandwidth cap, permitting as much use of the service as customers like. An HD video can download in roughly 10 minutes on the network, while a batch of 750 photos can upload in the space of a minute.
Ultra will cost $99 per month and should launch May 11th, focusing primarily on the Long Island area. It’s not mentioned how soon all of Cablevision’s customers will have access to the faster speeds, but the company does say that it has doubled the upstream speeds for its free-with-service Wi-Fi hotspots to 3Mbps.
Cablevision has long used very high speed Internet access as a selling point and notes that it has 75 percent of the market in those areas it serves, leaving just 25 percent to DSL or alternatives. Critics have accused other North American cable providers of using caps to unfairly protect their cable TV businesses by discouraging even legitimate TV and movie downloads. On Time Warner’s proposed typical 60GB monthly limit, a customer could watch only 6 iTunes HD movies assuming no other Internet activity.
Not too much as I expected from Cablevision. What do you think of it?