Charter Business Intros Longhaul Ethernet

June 24th, 2011 by · 1 Comment

Further emphasizing the growing move by cable MSOs into the enterprise segment, Charter Business is apparently going where cable hasn’t traditionally gone – into the longhaul business.  Yesterday they announced two new products aimed at the enterprise space that enable them to address opportunities beyond a single metro area:  longhaul Ethernet and Layer 3 VPN.

Both products are natural extensions to the company’s growing efforts to target the enterprise business, so this probably doesn’t come as a surprise.  Still, seeing the cable guys selling intercity bandwidth circuits of their own is a big shift in the wind.  As I recall, Charter leases dark fiber for its intercity network from Level 3, which would perhaps now prefer to be selling them more lit services instead.  That being said, this is not a market-wide entry into the longhaul business by Charter, but rather they are probably purely focused on those opportunities that span their specific markets.  That increases the size of the pie they are shooting for, especially amongst the multi-site mid-sized enterprise market.

The other major cable MSOs will likely be following suit, albeit on their own schedules.  Comcast is just getting started ramping Metro Ethernet product line after all.

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  • IPv6Engineer says:

    Comcast has been selling Metro Ethernet for almost 5 years. They’ve just kept it quiet as long as possible so they could pick off accounts from their competitors without the competition seeing them coming. Don’t underestimate Comcast….they are up to a lot more than they let on to the media. My business has been using Comcast Metro Ethernet in Nashville for almost three years and it has 1. never been down 2. provides 100Mbps symmetrical Internet nearly 100% of the time and 3. reduced my telco expenses

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