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Press Release -- July 17th, 2012
Source: Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath Powers Global Speech Recognition and Text to Voice Cloud for iSpeech

iSpeech makes the switch to Optimum Lightpath to take advantage of value-driven, Ethernet-based, high-speed bandwidth that can support a rapidly growing customer and partner ecosystem. 

JERICHO, NY, JULY 17, 2012Optimum Lightpath®, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that iSpeech, Inc. now relies on Optimum Lightpath’s 100 percent fiber network to support its international text to speech and speech recognition cloud service for over 13,000 developers. The switch to Optimum Lightpath comes as iSpeech continues to expand services, forge more partnerships and serve a constantly growing customer base.

iSpeech is a high quality text to speech and speech recognition provider and the maker of the popular mobile apps®, iSpeech Translator™ and Caller ID Reader™. Speed, connectivity and reliability are paramount for the company, given how vital its services have become in supporting consumer and business applications.

“In the past, we’ve worked with service providers and experienced connectivity issues that made it difficult to maintain 100% uptime for our services,” said Heath Ahrens, CEO and founder of iSpeech, Inc. “Because iSpeech’s service is critical for our developers, businesses around the world and consumer safety apps like, we needed a fast and reliable connection to our data center in Newark.”

iSpeech’s services have been used to read more than one billion SMS messages out loud to consumers around the world, including Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Upon making an API available last summer, more than 13,000 developers began using it to create mobile apps, VoIP systems, GPS applications and more. To date, there have been more than 60 million downloads of iSpeech-powered applications. All of the information and speech functionality supporting these applications are processed in real-time by the Optimum Lightpath-connected data center in Newark.

“As more consumers and businesses put their trust in cloud-supported services, they have high expectations around how the applications they use will perform from a security, reliability and speed perspective,” said Julia McGrath, senior vice president of marketing and business development for Optimum Lightpath. “Optimum Lightpath’s work with iSpeech is a shining example of how mid to large market businesses in the emerging cloud services sector can take advantage of our ubiquitous, 100% fiber network to support a growing operation and customer base.”

“Optimum Lightpath is helping to level the competitive playing field by giving companies that haven’t yet reached Fortune 500 status access to data connectivity quality that we wouldn’t have been able to afford just a few years ago,” said Ahrens. “In the end, we can pass these cost savings onto our customers and partners, and increase our internal productivity, moving fast to take advantage of new opportunities in real-time. Optimum Lightpath has turned out to be a breath of fresh air, giving us the support we need with the ability to turn up bandwidth quickly as our service continues to grow.”

Optimum Lightpath has named iSpeech its Customer Spotlight of the Month for July 2012. For more information about Optimum Lightpath, visit

About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC, news, filings), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Network is a highly reliable, resilient, and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 5,000 route miles connecting more than 5,500 fiber-lit locations. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 14 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership, most recently being named the 2011 North American Regional Service Provider of the Year by MEF. For more information, visit

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