Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today launched a 100 Mbps high-speed Internet service to businesses in the Twin Cities region. For the first time, Comcast is offering business customers one of the fastest broadband services available in the U.S. today: up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) downloads and up to 15 Mbps uploads.
The service is another demonstration of the power of Comcast's deployment of next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 technology, which sets a new standard for delivering high-speed Internet service across fiber-optic networks. The technology, also referred to as wideband, will enable Comcast to continue to deliver progressively faster speeds well into the future.
"Internet speeds this fast are a game changer for businesses," said Bill Stemper, President of Comcast Business Services. "When Comcast doubled its Internet speeds last year, business customers immediately took advantage of that wideband pipe to connect regional offices, support remote employees, and perform large file transfers," Stemper added. "100 Mbps service is ideal for data-intensive businesses that need this kind of speed and want an alternative to slower, more expensive T1 lines."
The 100 Mbps service is a comprehensive business solution that includes Microsoft Communication Services (valued at more than $500) a world-class productivity suite that combines Windows® SharePoint and Microsoft Outlook email powered by Microsoft Exchange Server for no additional fee. In addition, the service includes McAfee's Security Suite software (up to a $280 annual retail value) that protects up to 25 PCs from viruses and spyware. There are a range of other Web site hosting, design features and options available as well.
With download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, customers will be able to operate their businesses more efficiently and productively than ever. For example, downloading a large 2 GB file (such as a hi-res X-ray or a graphic design) can be completed in about 2 ½ minutes. To download the same sized file on a typical business class 1.5 Mbps T1 line would take more than 3 hours.
"We're thrilled to be the first market to offer a 100 Mbps service to our business customers in Minnesota," said Bill Wright, Vice President, Comcast Twin Cities Region. "This offering reaffirms our commitment to be the speed leader in the Twin Cities and Minnesota and to help businesses succeed with tools that can have a real impact on their bottom lines."
Today's announcement propels the Twin Cities region into one of the leading high-speed Internet communities in the nation and showcases the power of Comcast's advanced digital, high-capacity fiber-optic network.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.9 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.0 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.