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Comcast rolls out metro Ethernet

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Services | May 16, 2011
Comcast is expanding its services to medium-sized businesses by introducing metro Ethernet connections at up to 10-Gigabit speed, launching Monday in more than 20 U.S. cities.

Comcast is pricing the new technology to attract, among others, companies that are using bundled T-1 lines or fraction T-3 (45M bps) services to achieve multiple-megabit performance. Comcast said that with metro Ethernet, a company could get 10M bps for US$1,200 per month. Doubling that to 20M bps would boost the monthly rate by just $200.

Comcast's metro Ethernet services can be set up in four different ways: point-to-point links from one company site to another, point-to-multipoint networks between a central location and branch sites, multipoint-to-multipoint connections among many company facilities, and Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access Service, with continuous high-speed connectivity between the company's LAN and the Internet.

The services are available now in markets including Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Denver, and New Jersey. Comcast said it will continue to add more markets. Today, Comcast runs metro Ethernet entirely over fiber. The company needs to evaluate its ability to reach a given customer's location with fiber but will work to get permits and build the connections wherever it can in those markets, O'Toole said. Comcast is working to provide Ethernet over existing coaxial cable in the future, he said.

 

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