RCN Business may be aggressively expanding its fiber network, but its move to provide 330 Mbps to small to medium businesses in New York shows that its existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network is still a viable mechanism to address business customers.
By offering the 330 Mbps speed tier, RCN Business said that SMBs will be able to more effectively address emerging bandwidth hungry trends such as BYOD (bring your own device) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The new 330 Mbps Internet speed tier is available immediately. This larger speed tier could also be a foundation from which RCN Business can address existing and new customers with its Hosted Voice and Managed LAN services.
Rolling out the 330 Mbps tier in New York as its first market makes sense for RCN Business as it's one of its largest addressable markets. It's likely that RCN is considering taking the tier into other markets like it did with its 110 Mbps product.
In June, the service provider launched the 110 Mbps tier across all of its markets, including Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Lehigh Valley, Pa., New York City, and Chicago.
However, it did not indicate if and when it will bring the 330 Mbps service to other markets yet.
RCN Business is hardly alone in increasing the speeds of its existing HFC network to address SMB needs. Fellow cable overbuilder WOW! Business has made moves in the Southeast and Midwest with its own 110 and 300 Mbps products.
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