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Cable Technology Feature Article

May 17, 2011

Comcast Expands Business Services Portfolio with New Metro Ethernet Services

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Comcast asserted that its Business Class Internet is an effective solution for small to mid-sized businesses with one location requiring online access, such as a retail store or doctor's office. Mid-sized businesses, however, typically have more complex networking requirements, often needing to utilize bandwidth-intensive applications such as cloud computing or infrastructure consolidation. The newly announced Metro Ethernet services offer a new level of high-performance, reliable and secure Internet connectivity and faster speeds with scalable bandwidth so that businesses will get to enjoy the speeds they want.

Comcast (News - Alert) claimed that it is using its fiber-based IP network to deliver the new services. It offers bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gbps that can be remotely scaled in increments of 1 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps, and offered with three different classes of service. Since users will be transferring data over Comcast’s private network and not over public internet their data will be safe and secure.

By opting to the Comcast Metro Ethernet services, one can connect their local area networks (LAN) without additional wide area network (WAN) equipment to purchase. With less equipment to support users will realize reduced operation and maintenance costs. Comcast handles everything from initial network design to ongoing maintenance and support for a fixed price.

Officials with the company commented that their fiber-rich network powers the Metro Ethernet services and provides a secure, reliable and cost-effective solution for mid-sized businesses’ data needs. Metro Ethernet is quickly overtaking T1 and other legacy services as the preferred technology for business communications. Just as broadband supplanted dial-up in consumers’ homes, the new Metro Ethernet services are designed to help businesses compete and win using their fast and scalable digital platform.

Comcast stated that it currently offers Metro Ethernet services in the following markets: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Harrisburg (Pa.), Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, state of New Jersey, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C. and western New England.  

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves