Optimum Lightpath, the metro fiber division of Cablevision, announced today that it is offering 40G transport links to its customers, upgradeable to 100G when the time comes. They will be initially targeting the services at the low-latency driven financial sector in the New York bandwidth market, which is currently the focus of a great deal of attention. No doubt over the next year or two other sectors will find big pipes to be worth their time.
Optimum Lightpath has a large stable smaller enterprises as customers, an approach that has led to over 3500 lit buildings in a single, albeit major, metro area. Therefore I wasn't really expecting them to join the 40G party. However, they have been increasingly drawn to the large enterprise space in the past several years, and the lure of so many dollars being spent by financial companies in their home turf of the New York City metro area has drawn them further into the battle.
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