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Comcast launches 100 Mbps data tier for Ind. businesses

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 7:30am
Mike Robuck

Comcast's Deluxe 100 wideband data tier, which features downstream speeds of up to 100 Mbps, is being rolled out to businesses in Indiana.

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.

"The extensive investment that Comcast has made in upgrading its Indiana network over the last several years has paved the way for the company to introduce new and upgraded products and services," said Glenn Lytle, vice president of Comcast Business Services for Indiana. "Having the ability to offer our business customers 100 Mbps service is a true differentiator."

Comcast, which competes with AT&T in Indiana, previously rolled out its 50 Mbps data tier, for residential and business customers, in Indiana last summer.

Comcast previously launched Deluxe 100 in its hometown of Philadelphia, New Jersey, northern Delaware and Baltimore. The business-class DOCSIS 3.0 tier is also available in Washington, D.C., Augusta, Ga., Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Washington and Oregon.

Comcast has been using cable modem termination systems from Arris and customer premises equipment from SMC Networks for its 100 Mbps tier that bonds four downstream channels. Additional DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems from Arris (WBM760A), Cisco (DPC 3000), Netgear (CMD31T) and Motorola (SB6120) have been certified.

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, while Ultra clocks in with 22 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up.

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