Optimum Lightpath is a telecom business services provider which, together with cable TV provider Cablevision, comprise the telecom services operations for holding company Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), headquartered in Bethpage, NY. Cablevision Systems Corp., founded in 1973, is a holding company for cable TV, telecom, media programming assets, sports and entertainment arenas, sports teams and movie theaters. Cablevision filed applications to offer telecom services in New York in 1990, and created the Optimum Lightpath brand in 1993 to sell voice and data services to business customers located within its footprint. Cablevision’s present-day metro New York network was formed by a 2001 buyout by MediaOne.

Cablevision Systems Corp. operates its business as three segments: Telecommunications Services includes video, high-speed data, voice over IP (VoIP), and the commercial voice and data operations of Optimum Lightpath. Rainbow consists of interests in national and regional cable television programming; and Madison Square Garden owns and operates professional sports teams, regional cable television sports networks and an entertainment business.

Cablevision’s Telecommunications Services segment had revenues of $4.2 billion in 2006, representing approximately 71% of the operator’s total consolidated revenues, and a year-over-year increase of 17%. Optimum Lightpath’s revenues were $210.6 million for 2006, a year-over-year increase of 7.7% primarily due to revenue growth in Ethernet data services, partly offset by a decline in conventional phone service usage. Optimum Lightpath’s operating loss declined 9.6% to $23.3 million during that period.

Optimum Lightpath cites a customer base of over 4,000 businesses, including Westchester County , corporate travel management agency Austin Travel, Long Island University , Vytra Health Plans, and the Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team. Recent wins include optical metro Ethernet services for IT specialist Cervalis and a metro Ethernet wide area network for North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Lightpath Data gives your business a variety of innovative data options – either point-to-point services for connecting two buildings or multipoint services for connecting multiple locations. And all Lightpath Data services are delivered over our Intelligent Enterprise Network and are scalable to meet your needs today and in the future.

Your business data is only as secure as the network that carries it. Give your critical information and applications the award-winning point-to-point reliability and availability of Optimum LightpathSM. Lightpath Optical Transport Service supports all storage protocols and protects your data by providing low-latency, high-security, high-speed optical services based on Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology.

Benefits of Lightpath Optical Transport Service:

  • Dependable network performance – Storage bandwidth capacity is assured — and signigicantly increased
  • Increased flexibility – Support for industry-standard protocols, with no limits to types of data transported
  • Greater simplicity – OTS services allow you to boost savings and efficiency
  • Trusted security – Point-to-point optical connections ensure your data is secure and protected
  • Predictable costs – Simple, flat-rate pricing with no mileage charges or hidden fees
  • How Lightpath Optical Transport Service Works:

Lightpath Optical Transport Services (OTS) offers a portfolio of high-speed transport services supporting emerging, native and optical transport protocols based on WDM technology. This technology allows us to optimize and efficiently utilize our fiber by significantly increasing bandwidth through wavelength frequencies capable of supporting application protocols that are sensitive to things like delay and response times.

Wave-Based Layer 1 Ethernet Service

  • 1 Gb and 10 Gb
  • Standards based on Ethernet frame format (IEEE 802.3)
  • Lowest Latency optical transport used for dedicated and secure P2P connections
  • Full line rate gigabit Ethernet
  • Standard multimode handoff; single mode available upon request
  • Linear 2-fiber service – path and interface are unprotected at the A and Z locations
  • Protection options available upon request
Storage Area Network Protocols
  • Fibre Channel – FC 100, 200, 400, 1200
  • ESCON
  • FICON
SONET Services

Dedicated point-to-point digital transport service

  • OC192
  • OC48
Application Examples:

Lightpath OTS is ideally suited to meet the needs of financial services, media, healthcare, education, government, manufacturing and data storage providers for applications such as:

  • Data Replication (synchronous/asynchronous), Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)
  • Disk Mirroring for Business Continuity
  • Data Backup and Archiving for Disaster Recovery
  • SAN Extension for Virtual Storage Consolidation
  • Production Environment Failover
  • Active-active and active-passive, providing production environment server and storage element failover to alternate location
  • Data Replication for Content Distribution
  • Increases availability and accessibility of data for reproduction at alternate sites, leveraging copies of production environment for data mining and testing/development work

Your business data is only as secure as the network that carries it. Give your mission-critical data and applications the award-winning, point-to-point connectivity, security and availability of Optimum Lightpath. Lightpath V-Line is a cost-effective alternative to traditional private lines, as it allows you to maximize port efficiency while reducing equipment and rack space.

Optimum Lightpath’s V-Line Service:

  • Dependable network performance – Storage transport is reliable, guaranteed and scales easily
  • Increased flexibility – Service based on industry-standard protocols, with no limitations to the types of data applications that can be transported
  • Greater simplicity – Metro Ethernet virtual multiplexed port-based services allow you to boost savings and efficiency
  • Trusted security – Point-to-point connections ensure your data stays private and protected
  • Predictable costs – Simple, flat-rate pricing with no mileage charges or hidden fees
  • How Lightpath V-Line Works:

A cost-effective alternative to traditional private-line service, V-Line is similar to our E-Line point-to-point service. However, it provides the added flexibility of maximized port efficiency by enabling customers to multiplex connections on the same port, reducing equipment needs and maximizing rack space.

V-Line supports two different network configurations: point-to-point connections between two locations as well as hub-and-spoke, which aggregates multiple locations into a single hub.

Features of Lightpath V-Line:
  • Provides MEF – Certified Ethernet over MPLS
  • Allows multiple connections to be groomed onto a single, higher-speed trunk
  • Scalable bandwidth options: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 150 and 300 Mb
  • Pluggable optical port (no additional charge at initial order)
  • Simple, flat-rate pricing
  • Standard 4-fiber protection with <50 ms resiliency
  • Standard frame size of 1,518 bytes
Benefits of Lightpath V-Line:
  • Higher port utilization achieved by aggregating multiple network connections
  • Lower capital expenses associated with additional equipment and rack space
  • Secure, dedicated, point-to-point connection with guaranteed bandwidth
  • 24/7 network monitoring
  • Unmatched network reliability
  • Network resiliency <50 ms
  • Battery backup
  • Service-level guarantee
Application Examples of Lightpath V-Line:
  • Connectivity between headquarters and branch location(s)
  • Secure, centralized access to external or remote sites
  • Backup to secondary storage site from multiple remote locations
  • Video conferencing

Optimum Lightpath’s E-Line Service

Optimum Lightpath’s E-Line service is an Ethernet-based layer 2 metropolitan area service that connects two locations engineered and provisioned to deliver a point-to-point private-line connection. E-Line offers customers high-bandwidth connectivity at a price point well below traditional DS-3 and OCN private-line services.

Features of E-Line service:
  • Scalable bandwidth options: 10, 20, 50, 100, 150, 300 and 1,000 Mbps
  • Network- and client-side protection options available
  • Standard frame size of 1,518 bytes (up to 1,670 bytes for VLAN tags)
  • Bandwidth speeds 10, 20, 50 and 100 Mbps (electrical handoff)
  • 150 Mbps, 300 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps (optical handoff)
  • Simple, flat-rate pricing
Benefits of E-Line service:
  • Security and reliability of dedicated point-to-point connections
  • 24/7 network monitoring
  • Unmatched network reliability
  • Network resiliency <50 ms
  • Battery backup
  • Service-level guarantee
Application Examples of E-Line service:
  • Video conferencing
  • Off-site storage backup
  • Distance learning
  • Medical imaging
  • CAD/CAM
  • Linking remote offices or partners with headquarters

Lightpath Metropolitan Continuity Service (MCS)

Lightpath Metropolitan Continuity Service (MCS) is a service for customers who require physical transport diversity that bypasses Manhattan, avoiding major points of failure such as carrier hotels, bridges and tunnels. MCS directly connects three distinct regions: Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey.

MCS is ideal for organizations with mission-critical applications and high-bandwidth business continuity requirements.

Features of MCS:
  • Scalable bandwidth for Metro Ethernet services: 50, 100, 150, 300, 1,000 Mbps and Optical Transport Services
  • Choice of protected or unprotected optical transport services
  • Network-side and client-side protection options available
Benefits of MCS:
  • Bypasses Manhattan locations that represent major points of failure in most carrier networks
  • Customers can distribute their network’s primary or backup circuits to address their data recovery requirements
  • MCS is engineered to ensure customers can scale to higher bandwidths as applications and business conditions require
Application Examples of MCS:
  • Business continuity: diversity to data center
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Emergency management applications
  • Storage area networking (SAN)
  • Medical picture archiving and communications systems (PACS)
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM)

Lightpath E-LAN service

Lightpath E-LAN service is an Ethernet-based metro-area network service engineered and provisioned to deliver multipoint-to-multipoint connections. E-LAN offers customers high-bandwidth connectivity at a price point well below traditional multipoint services.

Features of E-LAN service:
  • Scalable bandwidth options: 10, 20, 50, 100, 150, 300 and 1,000 Mbps (1,000 Mbps available at host only)
  • Standard frame size of 1,518 bytes
  • Network and client-side protection options available
Benefits of E-LAN service:
  • Share information across multiple locations without expense of multiple point-to-point services
  • Share bandwidth between E-LAN locations using a single EVC
  • Eliminate the need to switch traffic through corporate LAN
  • Network resiliency <50 ms
  • Send unicast, broadcast and multicast traffic from any location
  • 24/7 network monitoring
  • Unmatched network reliability
  • Battery backup
  • Service-level guarantee
Application Examples of E-LAN service:
  • Connecting multiple branch offices to corporate headquarters
  • Video conferencing
  • Establishing secure, centralized access control to external resources such as ASPs and payroll services
  • Supporting distance learning capabilities

Lightpath E-LAN service

Lightpath E-LAN service is an Ethernet-based metro-area network service engineered and provisioned to deliver multipoint-to-multipoint connections. E-LAN offers customers high-bandwidth connectivity at a price point well below traditional multipoint services.

Features of E-LAN service:
  • Scalable bandwidth options: 10, 20, 50, 100, 150, 300 and 1,000 Mbps (1,000 Mbps available at host only)
  • Standard frame size of 1,518 bytes
  • Network and client-side protection options available
Benefits of E-LAN service:
  • Share information across multiple locations without expense of multiple point-to-point services
  • Share bandwidth between E-LAN locations using a single EVC
  • Eliminate the need to switch traffic through corporate LAN
  • Network resiliency <50 ms
  • Send unicast, broadcast and multicast traffic from any location
  • 24/7 network monitoring
  • Unmatched network reliability
  • Battery backup
  • Service-level guarantee
Application Examples of E-LAN service:
  • Connecting multiple branch offices to corporate headquarters
  • Video conferencing
  • Establishing secure, centralized access control to external resources such as ASPs and payroll services
  • Supporting distance learning capabilities