Optimum offers cable and fiber internet to more than 20.6 million people across 21 states, with the most coverage in New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. Optimum offers cable TV, home phone, and mobile services along with home internet service. Optimum’s mobile services are powered by T-Mobile’s wireless network.
Optimum Internet Services
|Best features||Things to consider|
Optimum doesn’t require contracts, and if you’re not satisfied, Optimum offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. With internet plans starting at $40 per month, Optimum offers download speeds up to 8 Gbps. If fiber is available in your area, you can get symmetrical internet speeds.
|Plan name||Download speeds||Starting price||Data cap|
|Optimum Fiber||Up to 8 Gbps||$40 per month (with Auto Pay & Paperless Billing)||Unlimited data|
|Optimum Cable||Up to 940 Mbps||$40 per month (with Auto Pay & Paperless Billing)||Unlimited data|
If you need extended Wi-Fi coverage in your home, not to worry, one Optimum Wi-Fi Extender in addition to the Smart Wi-Fi 6 gateway modem comes included with most Optimum internet packages. Another thing you won’t have to worry about are data caps, as Optimum internet plans offer unlimited data.
Optimum Internet Speeds
Optimum’s primary service is cable internet, which means data travels over coaxial cable lines either buried underground or on utility poles. Although originally installed exclusively for cable TV, a technology called DOCSIS uses these lines to send high-bandwidth digital data. That enables cable companies like Optimum to provide internet service to a broad subscriber base without installing expensive fiber lines to every individual subscriber.
Optimum instead sends fiber into subscribers’ general area and uses coaxial lines for the last part of the data journey. It can bottleneck download and upload speeds compared to pure fiber-optic connections, enabling the company to offer cheaper service at scale. People with access to Optimum Fiber will have fiber routed directly to their homes.
Optimum Internet vs. Optimum Mobile
Optimum offers both internet and mobile services. In fact, bundling the two services together through Optimum Complete can mean big savings, whole home Wi-Fi coverage, and unlimited mobile data.