Comcast Launches Business Class Ethernet Services in the Twin Cities

Superior Price-for-Performance and Scalable Bandwidth Support Mid-Sized Businesses Using Cloud Computing, Online Education, Telemedicine, Disaster Recovery and Other Applications

TWIN CITIES, MN – April 5, 2012 – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced the launch of Comcast Business Class Ethernet services for mid-to-larger sized businesses in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Designed for companies with 20-500 employees experiencing high bandwidth demands and operating in multiple locations, Comcast Ethernet will provide organizations throughout the Twin Cities with secure, high-performance network capacity to deliver voice, video and data applications.

The Twin Cities region, the nation’s 16th largest metropolitan area, has a thriving business economy in a number of industries, including booming healthcare and technology sectors. A recent Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) 2011 reported more than 120 industries in the state will experience double-digit job growth by 2019. Minnesota already has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 5.7%, according to DEED.

Comcast Ethernet services are delivered using the Company’s fiber-based IP network. Unlike competitive carriers that simply resell the phone company’s network, Comcast provides customers with a true facilities-based alternative to maximize the performance and reliability of their business communications and applications. Comcast delivers bandwidth from 1 Megabits per second (Mbps) up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) that can be remotely scaled in increments of 1 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps, and offered with three different classes of service. Comcast is the first carrier to have all three certifications from the Ethernet Forum (MEF 9, 14 and 18), which are backed by strict service level agreements, and monitored around-the-clock from Comcast’s dedicated Network Operations Centers.

“Our fiber-based network has broad reach across the Twin Cities area,” said Chris Lyons, VP of Business Services, Twin Cities Region. “Local companies can utilize Comcast’s Ethernet services to enable cloud computing, business continuity/disaster recovery or other high-bandwidth applications for their business.” Lyons added, “Just as broadband supplanted dial-up in consumers’ homes, Ethernet is quickly surpassing T1s as the preferred method of connectivity for business.”

Sandra Palumbo, Research Fellow at Yankee Group, commented, “As mid-sized businesses increasingly operate within a virtualized IT environment of cloud and SaaS resources to improve productivity and reduce operational expenses, their demand for secure, reliable and high-performance connectivity will continue to grow. This market segment has high-bandwidth requirements across multiple sites and values the lower cost of ownership, simplicity and scalable capacity of Ethernet. Significant last mile networks and investments in advanced Carrier Ethernet network infrastructure are vital.”

Comcast offers a fully-owned advanced fiber optic network in the Twin Cities that is separate and diverse from leased or public facilities. The company currently serves 20 of the nation’s 25 largest markets with this same kind of fiber-based infrastructure,

Comcast offers four Ethernet Services, including:

  • Ethernet Private Line Service – point-to-point connectivity between two customer sites for bandwidth-intensive applications.
  • Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service – a point-to-multipoint connection that allows customers to tailor bandwidth, performance characteristics and cost to meet the needs of their applications.
  • Ethernet Network Service – multipoint-to-multipoint connectivity to connect organizations with high-bandwidth requirements and multiple locations across Comcast’s network.
  • Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access Service – continuous, high-bandwidth connectivity between customers’ LANs and the public Internet.

Comcast currently provides Business Class Ethernet services in the following markets as well: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Harrisburg (Pa.), Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, state of New Jersey, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C. and western New England. Additional markets will be launched on an ongoing basis.

About Comcast Business Services
Comcast Business Services, a unit of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through its advanced fiber-optic based network, Comcast delivers Business Class Internet, TV and Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management, backed by 24/7 technical support.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Ethernet services are significantly faster than standard T1 lines and other legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in major markets across the U.S.

For more information, call 866-429-3085 or visit http://business.comcast.com/enterprise.

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