When you’ve lit more than 5,000 buildings with fiber in one metro area, where do you expand to next? Why indoors of course. Optimum Lightpath is taking to WiFi to expand its fiber-based service portfolio. Managed WiFi, that is, for mid-market and large organizations that have in-building wireless networks and could use help keeping them running properly.
It makes a lot of sense, actually. Enterprise WiFi can be much more complicated than a simple home router/gateway and are getting more complex all the time. But for many businesses it isn’t complicated enough to justify having the expertise in-house or the capex to do it themselves properly. So Optimum Lightpath can expand its pie by helping manage, monitor, and maintain those networks.
I still think they might start looking more aggressively beyond the NY metro area before long. Perhaps the loosening of cable/CLEC merger regulations will give them an opportunity.