Comcast Speeds Up Business Broadband


Comcast has kicked up the Internet speeds for its business-class customers for no additional cost across all its markets.

The current top bandwidth tier, 8 megabits per second downstream and 1 Mbps up, will increase to 16 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. Comcast said it already launched the speed increases for business customers earlier this month, using existing DOCSIS 2.0 infrastructure.

“Comcast is dedicated to and focused on offering a better broadband Internet experience so business customers are equipped with technology solutions that save time, increase productivity and offer more value,” Comcast Business Services president Bill Stemper said, in a statement.

Comcast last month launched the Business Class Bundle, a triple-play offer starting at $99 per month. The operator offers Microsoft Communications Services to business customers for e-mail, shared calendars, contacts and document sharing.

At the end of 2007, Comcast had more than 2,100 employees dedicated to small and medium-size business efforts, including about 750 salespeople and 1,400 technicians. The company estimates there are 5 million small-to-medium-size businesses in its footprint, representing between $12 billion and $15 billion annual spend in telecom services.

Comcast COO Steve Burke told investors in February that the goal is to capture 20% of the SMB business in its markets by 2011.