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Optimum by Altice’s Internet Services
Although acquired by Altice in 2016, Optimum is still marketed and sold as “Optimum” throughout the Northeastern United States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Optimum internet uses an extensive cable network to deliver internet, phone, and television service to both residential and business-class customers.
Optimum’s cable services are primarily available in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Optimum is available currently to 11.9 million residents in their service areas. Like most cable providers, they have the strongest value proposition in suburban areas where they offer faster speeds than DSL at a reasonable price.
Optimum Network: Cable and Fiber
Optimum primarily delivers “cable” internet, which means that data is sent over coaxial cable lines. These are either buried or sent over utility poles. In either case, they were originally installed for cable TV exclusively, but thanks to a technology called DOCSIS, these lines can be used to send high-bandwidth digital data as well. This makes it easy for cable companies like Optimum to provide internet service quickly to a wide subscriber base without the need to install expensive fiber lines to every individual subscriber. Instead, Optimum sends fiber into the general area of subscribers and only uses the coaxial lines for the “last mile” journey. While this bottlenecks the download and upload speed somewhat compared to pure fiber-optic connections, it allows the company to offer cheaper services at scale.
Optimum Ratings and Reviews
Of the 13,941 customer ratings collected so far for Optimum, 50.7 percent of customers recorded positively. These ratings are collected at random from BroadbandNow visitors and use IP-verification to ensure that reviewers are real people as well as current Optimum customers. While the rating may seem low, this result is decent overall for the consumer broadband industry, which maintains an average rating among all internet providers of 48.4 percent.
Optimum and Altice
Altice is a multinational telecommunications corporation based out of Woerden in the Netherlands. It is publicly traded on Euronext under the acronym ATC.
Altice has acquired several major internet service providers in the U.S. and Europe over the past 10 years, including Optimum by Cablevision and SuddenLink. The transaction took place in 2015 for a reported $17.7 billion USD. Altice has not indicated that the branding of Optimum services will change; for the time being at least, the company seems to plan on continuing to market and maintain Optimum and Suddenlink services under the existing brand names that are familiar to their existing subscriber bases in the U.S.
Compare Optimum with other internet providers
In most areas where Optimum is available, you’ll typically find DSL providers Verizon High Speed Internet and Frontier Internet or fiber internet from Verizon Fios and Frontier FiberOptic. Optimum’s cable internet is significantly faster than DSL and offers a better value by charging less per Mbps. DSL tops out at around 25 Mbps, compared to Optimum offering gigabit speeds.
While fiber internet is faster than cable, Optimum’s plans cost less than Verizon Fios and Frontier FiberOptic. Gigabit internet is $20-25 less with Optimum than it is with Verizon Fios and Frontier FiberOptic.