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.
The services include links between two company locations, among multiple sites, or to the public Internet. Comcast is offering plans ranging from 1M bps (bits per second) to 10G bps and will allow customers to scale up their connections by increments.
Metro Ethernet brings the type of technology used in most enterprises' own LANs to service-provider networks. Businesses increasingly are switching to metro Ethernet from traditional leased lines because the new technology typically offers lower per-megabit prices and gives users more flexibility in terms of bandwidth, according to analyst Cindy Whelan of Current Analysis.