Comcast has fired up its 100 Mbps tier for businesses in its Washington and Oregon systems.
In addition to Washington and Oregon, Comcast has deployed "Deluxe 100," which features speeds of up to 100 Mbps on the downstream and up to 10 Mbps on the upstream, in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Augusta, Ga., its hometown of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, northern Delaware and Baltimore.
Comcast has said it will have a 100 Mbps offering in front of its residential customers sometime this year. Comcast has set a goal of having DOCSIS 3.0 in 80 percent of its systems by the end of the year.
The 100 Mbps tier is available to Comcast's Business Class customers for $369.95 per month and includes Microsoft Communication Services, which Comcast said was valued at more than $500, and a productivity suite that combines Windows SharePoint and Microsoft Outlook e-mail powered by Microsoft Exchange Server for no additional fee.
Comcast is using cable modem termination systems from Arris and customer premises equipment from SMC Networks for its 100 Mbps tier that bonds four downstream channels.
Comcast's other DOCSIS 3.0 tiers are Extreme 50 and Ultra. Extreme features download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and upstream speeds of 10 Mbps for $99.95 per month with a subscription to Comcast's video or voice services. Ultra clocks in with 22 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up at a cost of $62.95 per month when paired with the company's video or voice offerings.