Comcast Launches 100Mbps Business Service to Take on Telcos

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comcast_thumb3Comcast (s cmsca) today said it would launch 100Mbps broadband service for business customers for a whopping fee of $369.95 per month. The commercial tier will launch first in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., region, and will offer 100Mbps down and 15Mbps upstream. As cable firms roll out faster broadband backed by DOCSIS 3.0, they now can offer high-speed data and voice options that appeal to business customers. Business customers won’t have the 250GB per month cap that residential consumers have. The offering is part of a larger push by cable companies into the small to medium business market dominated by telecommunications companies and dedicated  T1 and voice lines.

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Our service offers up to 250mbps UP & DOWN.

This is fiber internet, or Metro Area Ethernet, which is installed directly into your office or building.

Of course, the price is higher.

Unlimited bandwidth, no more waiting for uploads / downloads, connect offices & remote workers.

Chris

These speeds are all wonderful and fine but until these “business” packages start offering the corresponding business class SLA, T1’s will stay the norm for any legitimate company that can’t afford downtime.

Dave

On a case by case basis Comcast can be as or far less reliable than a T1 depending on the age of the node and other environmental factors of the plant(bad engineering, cold weather, injected noise from another user,ect) however I just got the 100×15 for our company mainly for the just the 15×15 baseline and have it paired up with a DSL from the local Telco for redundancy. We use Edgedirector.com to dynamically monitor our dual links and adjust DNS accordingly in under 60 seconds should one link fail. For $450 bucks a month(Comcast + DSL) I have a 99.9% uptime solution for 1/6th the price of Telco bonded T1’s The commenter about any major business needing T1’s hasten done their homework.

John Bartell

The end of expensive T1 data service is nigh. T1s were created to carry voice, not data. A new era (dominated by data, not voice) is here.

Billy

$369.95 per month a whopping fee? That’s 3.70 Per megabit delivered to your location. That’s incredibly cheap. If a customer maxes that 100mbit out 24/7 they would be a losing money customer for Comcast. Can’t even get $3.70 from Cogent ( the Wak-mart of bandwidth) on such a small commit when taking your traffic yourself to them, let alone them building out to you for that price like Comcast is.

Jay

Stacey – How is it that $3.70/b is a “whopping fee” for a commercial IA service? I would imagine there is a long line of customers willing to pay that charge compared to their current rates from the telcos. Does GigaOM Enterprises pay a lower rate for its transit?

Josh

Calling $369.95 per month “a whopping fee” is a bit much — it’s in line with telco pricing for a 1.5 mbps T1 line, with 10x the upstream speed (and 70x downstream). I’d say it’s a pretty good deal. Clearly, it would be pricey for a consumer service, but that’s not what’s on offer here (as you note, there’s no data cap).

Kyle

Why was I hearing that only the great FIOS could provide these types of speeds. It appears that Comcast network is plenty capable of competing in this speed range.

Ian L

Here’s the thing: Comcast’s Minneapolis market ALONE is larger in size than the entire population of Slovenia. It’s about one-third the size of Sweden.

Comcast has more internet customers than the entire population of both of the mentioned countries, COMBINED, probably spread over a larger land area than both countries COMBINED, by a large amount.

By the end of next year 100% of these customers will have access to 22/5 speeds for a reasonable amount, 50/10 for a half-absurd amount and 100/15 for about the price of a 1.5 Mbit T1 of yore. Sounds pretty good if you ask me, considering Comcast has received $0 in government money (if you have fiber in Europe, it’s probably subsidized heavily by the government…I know this is true iin Sweden).

Also, how fast is your 100 Mbit connection down and 10 Mbit up to a location 1000 miles away? Comcast has enough of a backbone that I can max out a Comcast 50 Mbps connection as long as the server on the other end of the pipe has the capacity.

That said, I’d LOVE to have 50 Mbps symmetric fiber for $58 like they have in Lafayette, LA. Heck, 20/20 for $60 would be fine. But, all things considered, Comcast is setting the bar prety high with a 100 Mbps conection that will be available wherever their services are sold, though Cablevisio’s 101/15 tier for $100 is more to my liking and I’d rather have 25 Mbps symmetric than 100 down and 15 up.

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